AUCTION SHEETS EXPLAINED

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Auction sheets are an essential part of buying used cars from Japan.

USS Auction sheets are the first point of inspection when selecting your used car for purchase. The Auction reports are produced by professional inspectors employed by the auction house, independant of us, your export agent, and the  seller of the vehicle in question. They can give us fairly good idea of the condition, history and market value of  specific vehicle  before the auction commences with basic information like -

  • If the Vehicle has any crash history
  • First registration date of the vehicle in Japan (Important when buying a car such as a Mercedes Benz as the registration date and actual production date may be different)
  • Any dents or scratches on the vehicle, rated in severity.
  • Actual chassis number (To be used for conformation of the year of the vehicle and check with manufacturer of any factory options etc)(Also important to make sure the car you are sold is the car that is shipped!)
  • Any rust or corrosion on the vehicle.
  • Interior condition
  • Any engine noise or transmission problem
  • Oil leaks
  • If the vehicle has been resprayed.
Afte the inspector has checked the vehicle, he(or she) will “Grade” (Explanation of the grades below) the interior and exterior of the vehicle, and also give the car a total grade, giving us a clear indication of the condition and value of the vehicle in the market.
Though the Auction sheets are a great resource, they should not be relied upon 100% and should only be used as a indication of the condition of the car. In addition to the auction sheets, we always check the car personally, to get a true picture of the target vehicle. We can actually call you from beside the car at auction for a more through inspection giving you confidence in what you are purchasing.

Below you will find more specific information on Auction sheet grading and interior grades and also a full translation of a several different Auction Sheets – Very useful information for reading the Japanese Auction Sheets if you are not fluent in Japanese!. We can help with the translations of the Auction Sheets also.

 

 USS AUCTION SHEET TRANSLATION

USS AUCTION PASSWORD

USS AUCTION PASWORD AUCTION ID

 

ARAI AUCTION SHEET TRANSLATION

 

ARAI Auction Sheet Translation

 

HAA & JAA AUCTION SHEET TRANSLATION

 

HAA and JAA Auction Sheet Translation

 

CAA AUCTION SHEET TRANSLATION

 

CAA Auction Sheet Translation

AUCTION GRADES AND DETAILS

 

Auction Grade Detail
S The car is less than 12 months old from the first registration date and under 10,000km.
As good as new. The exterior and interior are in immaculate condition.
6 The car is less than 36 months old from the first registration date and under 30,000km.
Basicly a very late model and new new car.
5 The car is under 50,000km.
The exterior may have some very minor scratches/scrapes and dents. A very difficult grade to obtain, the unit will be in near perfect condition with very minor imperfections.
4.5 The car is under 100,000km. Again, a very high grade that you can be confident in. The car may have some very slight imperfections in the body work, but will not need major repair. Grade 6,5 and 4.5 are the top grades you could expect for a used car, and as such attract the top prices in the top 10%.
4 The car is under 150,000km
The exterior may have some scratches/scrapes and dents. The car is in above average condition. No Crash history
The interior may have some tears, cigarette burn marks, and/or stains. They will require some minor repair. The auction sheet will tell us in more detail.
Generally a 4 grade car is a good target and the most popular for export. Price range will be in the top 30%.
3.5 The exterior has some noticeable large scratches/scrapes and/or large dents. They may require some minor panel beating work and/or painting.
The interior may have many tears, cigarette burn marks, and/or stains. They will require repairs. Auction sheet will explain in more detail. The car is in average condition taking in to consideration the year and ks on the car.
3 The exterior has many noticeable large scratches/scrapes, paint blemishes, and/or large dents. They will require major panel beating work and/or painting.
The interior has many tears, cigarette burn marks, and/or stains. They will require many repairs and/or interior parts will need to be replaced.
2 The car is in very bad condition – PASS
1 The car which has one or more of the following :
1. An aftermarket turbo
2. An automatic transmission converted to manual transmission
3. Flood damage
4. Fire extinguisher damage
RA The car which has had accident damage which can be ranked MINOR, and has been repaired.
R
The car has had accident damage and has been repaired.The auction definition “A car which has had accident damage” is a car that has accident damage to the following area(s) which parts were repaired or replaced : 1. Lower Tie Bar or Frame 2. Windshield Pillar (A Pillar) 3. Center Pillar (B Pillar) 4. Rear Pillar (C Pillar) 5. Strut Housing 6. Roof Panel 7. Trunk flooring Panel 8. Floor Pan. These cars can be good buying, and the repair work can be of top standard. Thorough inspection at auction and the car can be purchased if the repair is good. Repair may be invisible…or could be bad! We will be onsite to check and give you our opinion.
*** The car has had major accident damage, and has NOT been repaired yet. Or a car with an engine that does not work due to major engine trouble.
 
 
 
 
Interior Detail
A Repairs are unnecessary.
New or near new condition.
B Minor repairs are not necessary.
The most popular grade for export. Very clean interior.
C Repairs are necessary.
The car has some, or all of the following conditions :
1) Tears, cigarette burn marks, worn patches, visible open screw holes, dashboard warping, and/or dashboard has some small tears.
2) The interior is dirty and needs to be cleaned.
D Major repairs are necessary.
The car has some, or all of the following conditions :
1) Several cigarette burn marks in the interior.
2) Dashboard has a major warp.
3) The interior is dirty and needs to be cleaned. Some dirty patches will remain after cleaning. Needs work.
E Major repairs are necessary.
The car has some, or all of the following conditions :
1) The dashboard has major tears.
2) The interior is very dirty and has some major tears. The interior is flattened.
3) The interior has a bad smell.

 

Auction Sheet Abbreviations
AC Air conditioner
FA/AT Automatic transmission
F5 Manual (5-speed) transmission
PS Power steering
SR Sunroof
AW Original alloy wheels
NAVI Navigator
AAC Climate control air conditioner
CA Column automatic transmission
F6 Manual (6-speed) transmission
PW Power windows
TV Television
KAWA Leather seats
AIRBAGU Airbag

E3 Some dents which are barely visible.
U1 A dent which is the size of a thumb.
U2 A dent which is the size of a palm.
U3 A dent which is more than size U2.
Y1 A tear which is the size of a thumb.
Y2 A tear which is the size of a palm.
Y3 A tear which is more than size Y2.
W1 A panel which has been repaired slightly, and is in good condition.
W2 A panel which has been repaired slightly, and has a slightly wave.
W3 A panel which has been repaired slightly, and has a conspicuous wave.
S1 Rust which is the size of a fist.
S2 Rust which is more than size S1.
C1 Major rust corrosion which is the size of a fist.
C2 Major rust corrosion which is more than size C1.
X A panel which needs to be replaced.
XX A panel which has been replaced.

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