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The grade is the overall assessment of the car given to it by the Japanese car auction houses own assessors. The purpose of the grade is to give you a quick idea of the general condition of the car or vehicle. However, it is not enough to base your final bidding decision on: There will be a range of different quality levels within each grade, so a car that is classified as a grade 4 may be almost a grade 4.5 in quality terms, or it may be only just above a grade 3.5. As a buyer, you use the grading to narrow down the vehicles you may want to bid on. Once you have narrowed down the field, this is when the car map and our translation of the auction sheet will help you to make the final decision about whether to go ahead or not.

There are usually two grades: The overall grade based on the exterior and mechanical condition (usually a number), and the interior grade, based on the interior condition (usually a letter - A, B or C). Although different auctions may have slightly different methods of determining each grade, in general they are broadly similar. Lets look in more detail at the grading below.

Overall Grade

  • Grade 7, 8, 9 or S is given to a new car that is being sold in an auction, with only delivery mileage.
  • Grade 6 Similar to the cars above but with a little more than delivery mileage.
  • Grade 5 to a car with exceptionally low mileage and in mint condition.
  • Grade 4.5 is in excellent condition, but can also have mileage of up to 100K.
  • Grade 4 is a good, solid car. Mileage is not an issue (could be low or high).
  • Grade 3.5 is similar to a grade 4 but may need more paint and panel work. Alternatively, it may have high mileage.
  • Grade 3 often has either serious paint and panel, or it has had a panel replacement somewhere. Grade 3 cars can also be basically grade 3.5 in terms of condition, but with very high mileage.

Grade 2 is reserved for vehicles in the worst condition. This does not mean that they are write offs, simply that they have experienced deterioration such that they are now in a very poor state. A grade 2 vehicle will often have corrosion, perhaps corrosion holes and other serious issues. If you are looking for classic and other older cars or older trucks and buses, you will find a number of them are grade 2.

Grade 1 Can be one of the following

1). After market turbo / engine (some sort of serious modification to the original vehicle)
2). Transmission changed from auto to manual.

Grade A, R, RA are repair history cars. The auctions definition of repair history is a car that has had an inside panel repaired in some way. This can range from extremely minor to major.

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