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  • Grading System in Japanese Auctions

    Published On: 03/21/2017

    If you have ever experienced buying Japanese cars from auction you should be aware of the grading system of cars. In case you have are new to the car auction system and you have never participated in any auction before you should get enough knowledge about the auction grading system. Each car at the Japanese Auction is inspected fully and strictly. There is no concept of comprising quality and the unit is graded with honesty. It is of utmost importance to check your auction sheet, if you don’t know how to read it you should get help and compare your car with the auction sheet to get a clear idea of what is being shipped to you.

    Various Types of Defects:

    There are various types of defects that are reported clearly in the auction sheet they are:
    Dents
    Scratches
    Cracks
    Rust
    Wave

    Dents:
    The dents can be further divided into three categories U1, U2 and U3 type of dents.

    Scratches:
    There are three types of scratches A1, A2 and A3.


    Wave:
    The wave is marked with W1, W2 and W3 on the auction sheet.

    Rust:
    The rust is identified with S1, S2 and S3 respectively.

    Note: the numbers associated with letters shows the intensity of defect. For instance W1 refers to slight wave while W2 or W3 refer to a more visible wave.

    Overall Grading of the Car:
    There are almost 13 grading criteria to rank each unit they are:
    S, 6, 5, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3,2,1, R, RA, R1, RA1

    Grade S:
    The S grade is given to those cars which were registered within the last one year and have been driven less they can be considered as next to new.

    Grade 6:
    This grade is given to those cars which have been driven for less than 30,000 KM. There is no need of any repairs and the car is slightly used.

    Grade 5:
    This grade is given to those cars which have been driven for less than 60,000 KM. No need of any repairs and the car is well maintained.

    Grade 4.5:
    A slight repair may be required but not mandatory to get any repairs. The car is considered as a good condition vehicle and most of the used Japanese cars in auction falls in this criteria.

    Grade 4:
    The grade 4 car might need some repair and maintenance but overall the car can be considered as well maintained vehicle.

    Grade 3.5:
    These are high mileage vehicles and they need repairs which are mentioned in the auction sheet. The defects might be the wave, rust, dent or slight scratch.

    Grade 3:
    Though the condition of this car is not bad but it is high mileage and it seriously requires repairs.

    Grade 2:
    It falls in a bad condition car which means severe defects and requires lot of repair work.

    Grade 1:
    It falls in the category of modified, salvaged and flooded cars.

    Grade R:
    This is the accident car and must have gone through severe damages.

    Grade RA:
    A badly damaged and repaired car after an accident.

    Grade R1:
    It is termed as R and 1 an extreme case of accident car.

    Grade RA1:
    These cars are not for driving their parts can be used therefore it is an extremely damaged vehicle.

    Besides the above mentioned auction grading system the interior and exterior of the car is graded in the following way:

    Interior Grading System:

    Grade A: There are no missing parts and no repairs are required. It is an excellent quality vehicle.

    Grade B: This is an above average car which do not require any repairs and no scratches or dents are visible.

    Grade C: A slight repairs are required, visible cigarette burn marks, food spills, screw holes etc it require little spending on the repairs and cleaning.

    Grade D: This is a below average condition car it contain stains and burns that might not be cleaned.

    Grade E: A bad condition car, it may contain gaps in the dashboard, stains and torn seats. It requires significant repairs.

    Exterior Grading System:

    Grade A: A well maintained ans excellent condition car.

    Grade B: This grade car contains 5cm to 15 cm long scratches.

    Grade C: This grade car contains dents, cracks and waves the scratches are usually 15cm to 30 cm in length.

    Grade D: This grade car contains rust, corrosion, dents, scratches and they are more visible.

    Grade E: This type of car needs to be re-painted completely and it posses several corrosions, rust and scratches. It might require a change of panel.

    The Japanese Auctioned Cars are strictly checked to fall in the above criteria before they are sold. If the car failed to pass the inspection it is not displayed for sale in the auction. The culture of exporting Japanese cars globally is gaining popularity due to the durability and economical prices of these cars!