AUTO TRADER JAPAN  AUCTION GRADES

This translated version of an auction sheet tells you information about the car to decide if it is within your guidelines to justify inspecting it. There is general information about the car regarding its year of manufacture, kilometers, air conditioning, LHD or RHD, modifications and so on. There are also gradings on the cars overall condition, interior condition and exterior condition based on objective assessments made by the auction houses staff who inspect all cars before they go through the auction.

The legend below the auction sheet tells you the gradings the auction staff use to describe things like scratches, dents, interior condition and overall condition. If you are a regular buyer of used cars out of Japan it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with Japanese auction sheets so at a glance you will know if this car is what you are looking for.

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OVERALL AUCTION GUIDE

SThe vehicle is less than 12 months old from the first registration and has done less than 10,000kms. As new condition, interior and exterior are immaculate.
6The vehicle is less than 36 months old from the first registration and under 30,000kms. Interior and exterior are in excellent condition.
5The vehicle has done less than 50,000kms, minor interior and exterior marks, no damage.
4.5The vehicle has done less than 100,000kms, generally excellent condition. Some minor marks and signs of wear.
4Above average condition, some sign of scratches, dents, wear.
3.5Average condition for the age and mileage. Expect exterior scratches, dents, marks, paint blemishes and interior wear and tear.
3The exterior will have multiple noticeable scratches, marks, dents, paint blemishes, paint fade and interior will be in below average condition. Many low grade car require panel beating work/re-spray.
2Generally grade 2 cars will be in very poor condition or have some major faults. Many grade 2 cars also have heavy corrosion.
1Can have serious issues such as flood or fire damage or may be heavily modified.
RAThe car has had a minor repair.
RThe car has had accident damage and has been repaired.
***A non-running or non-graded car. Cars in this section usualy have major issues, accident damage that has not been repaired yet or engine/transmission problems.

INTERIOR GRADE

ANew or almost new condition
BVery clean and tidy, maybe minor steering wheel and seat wear
CThe 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, faded/yellowed/broken trim.
2) The interior is dirty and needs to be cleaned.
DRepair and/or heavy cleaning is necessary. Hanging headlining/missing rear seats/ missing plastic panels etc will result in this grade.
EPoor condition, needs repair and cleaning. Also could have a bad smell due to damp or heavy smoking.

OPTIONS ABBREVIATIONS

ACAir conditioner
FA / AT / IATAutomatic transmission
F4 / F5 / F6Manual transmission
PSPower steering
PWPower windows
SRSunroof
AWAlloy wheels
ナビNavigation
TVTelevision
エアAirbag
ABSAnti-lock braking System
カワLeather        

EXTERIOR ABBREVIATIONS

A1mm scratch.
A12-3cm scratch.
A2Up to 10cm scratch.
A3Over 10 cm scratch.
UMinor dent.
U12-3 cm dent.
U2Up to 10cm dent.
U3Over 10 cm dent.
YMinor crack.
Y12-3cm crack.
Y2Up to 10cm crack.
Y3Over 10cm crack.
W1Paint wave/Repair Mark
W2Paint wave/repair in good condition.
W3Paint wave/Repair Mark, Very obvious will need a re-spray.
XItem needs to be replaced.
XXItem has been replaced.
S1Surface rust level 1
S2Surface rust level 2
S3Surface rust level 3
C1Corrosion Level 1
C2Corrosion Level 2
C3Corrosion Level 3
E1Dimple
E2Dimples - A few
E3Dimples - Several
GMarkings on the windscreen indicate a stone chip, crack or sign of repair work.
The numbers on the tyres indicate the amount of tyre tread.