The grade is the overall assessment of the car given to it by the Japanese car auction house’s own assessors. The purpose of the grade is to give us a quick idea of the general condition of the car or vehicle. However, it is not enough to base our final buying 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,we use the grading to narrow down the vehicles we may want to buy on. Once you have narrowed down the field, this is when the car map and our translation of the auction sheet will help us 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. Let’s look in more detail at the grading below.
Some auctions have a letter, A, B or C to denote the exterior and interior grade separately. These letters can be seen near the overall grading number. A is excellent, B average and C below average.
We will normally not note the exterior grade, as the exterior condition of the car can be ascertained by looking at the car map (see below). For the interior grade, we will normally note this in the translation of the auction sheet if you bid on a car.
This is in the bottom right corner of the auction sheet. On the map, the number after the letter denotes the severity of the damage. 1 = light, 2 = moderate, 3 = significant , 4 = major
In general non-Japanese people tend to find that this grading is stricter than they were expecting. Japanese used car auction inspector grades different issues. This will help inform future buying decisions
Hatchback Haven Limited prides itself on “Best quality at the best price” and guarantee the quality of the vehicles backed up with Auction grade sheets.
Don’t get caught out with low grade vehicles ask for the dealer for the “Japanese Auction Sheet” and verify what you atre paying for is what is advertised.
Visit www.hatchbackhaven.co.nz today and ask us about the car you are interested in.