The auction sheet below is an example from the USS auction network. Most of the auctions use slightly different sheets. Please contact us for a detailed explanation and translation of each particular report that you are interested in.
S / 6 – The car is less than 12 months old from the first registration date. As good as new. The exterior and interior are in immaculate condition.
5 – A very difficult grade to obtain, the unit will be in near perfect condition with very minor imperfections.
4.5 – A very high grade that you can be confident in. The car may have some very slight imperfections in the body work. Mileage will be higher than a grade 5.
4 – The exterior may have some small scratches and dents. The car is in above average condition, and often has maintenance records. Will only need minor maintenance/repairs if any at all.
3.5 – This is the most common auction grade and the range of condition is very wide. We recommend getting a third party, professional pre bid inspection on all vehicles, but especially grades 3.5 and lower to confirm a vehicle’s condition. Will need standard maintenance and may need minor repairs.
RA – A car that has had MINOR accident damage and has been repaired well. Aside from the minor damage and repair the condition can be as good as grade 4.5. Definitely worth an inspection!
3 – The exterior has many noticeable large scratches/scrapes, paint blemishes, and/or large dents. They will require body work and/or painting. The interior will likely have some combination of tears, cigarette burn marks, and/or stains. These vehicles will require repairs inside and out to varying degrees.
R – The car has accident history and the damage may or may have not been repaired. Like grade 3.5, the range of condition is very wide. We recommend getting an inspection. The inspectors will be able to tell us where and how severe the damage is. This is a grade often associated with drift and rally cars.
2 – The vehicle has corrosion holes.
*** / 0 /無効/ Blank Grade – Any of these marks indicates one or more of the following: 1. The vehicle has not been inspected by the auction house 2. The vehicle has been in a major accident 3. The vehicle is not running. 4. No Claim, buy as is.
We can almost always get inspections on these grades.
Possible reasons for a 無効 in order of likelihood.
# / $ / * – Mileage not confirmed. If any of these symbols shows beside the listed mileage, then the auction house is not confirming the vehicle’s mileage. This could be due to an odometer swap, 5 digit odometer or simply because it is very old. Many vehicles with unconfirmed mileage have accurate clocks, it is just an auction formality. Please have us confirm for you.
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Exterior / Interior
These grades are often written below the auction grade on the sheets. The grades are given 5 through 1, and A through E, with 5 and A being the best condition. They resemble the grading above
Auction Sheet Abbreviations
Allows bidding on one vehicle at a time up to 1 million yen.