The essential part of buying a Quality Car from Japanese Car Auctions is correct reading and comprehension of vehicle's auction sheet. Auction sheet itself is a detailed chart that comprises main characteristiscs of the vehicle, exterior, interior condition and mechanical issues if there are any. Here is the list of main characteristiscs of the vehicle:

  • Exhibition lot number
  • Auction grading of the car
  • Chassis number
  • Engine capacity
  • Registration year
  • Current mileage 
  • Body color and color code
  • Fuel type [Gasoline, diesel, CNG , PNG,LPG]
  • Local dealers’ vehicle or privately imported car
  • Transmission type
  • Equipped options
  • Model code
  • Sales points
  • Number of passengers [ based on the documents]
  • Type of air condition
  • Vehicle dimension [Width/Length/Height]
  • Inspectors independent report
  • Payload capacity [Truck, pick up, van ]
  • Previous type of ownership [ private, rental, business ]
  • Tire condition
  • Recycle fee

All Vehicles offered at Auto-Auctions have independent inspector’s report with comments, summarized in auction chart or sheet,please see the sample.This is the most important stage in selecting the right vehicle and avoiding unexpected costs due to the mis-understanding of abbreviations.The understanding of auction grading will make your car selection smoother and more effective. Before selecting vehicle of your choice,please kindly study the structure of the auction sheet and location of the  main idicators and signs.



GRADE-SThe car is on sales within 12 months from first registration date. Mileage is less than 10,000km. Condition is excellent.

GRADE-6The vehicle is within 36 months period from first registration date and has maximum 30.000 km mileage. Almost brand new condition.

GRADE-5The vehicles had some minor scratches and tiny dents. Maximum mileage is 50.000 km. Exterior and interior are in very neat condition.

GRADE-4.5 The vehicle`s mileage does not excess 100.000 km. is under 100,000km. This grade as well is highly graded one. Exterior and interior condition do not require any extra maintenance or cleaning.

GRADE-4 Vehicles with maximum mileage of 150,000km.The exterior might have some scratches and tiny dents. Interior is usually clean, but some of the cars might need cleaning and fixing of small torn areas or cigarette burn marks. In general, the vehicle might need minor repair.

GRADE-3.5This grade is an average condition car, with noticeable scratches and dents. It might require later panel work or panting. Inside might have stains and cigarette burn holes, which may require some repair.

GRADE-3The grade requires very careful look, as it usually has many visible scratches, paint blemishes, and/or large dents. It requires major panel and/or paintwork.  Interior might have multiple stains or cigarette wholes.

GRADE-2Very bad condition, major dents and scratches, chassis or core support have severe corrosion or whole.

GRADE-1Accident-Salage vehicle needs complete fixing, has major technical problem.

GRADE-R/RA/O These grades  depend on Auction house own grading system, please contact for clarification .In general R stands for repair,exterior is in average condition after repair had been done.

GRADE-***/-/0/無効 These cars displayed as they are, NOT inspected cars, sold as they are

0*Depending on the auction hall, grade O might be fixed car or not graded car, please contact for clarification.


    AW – alloy wheels

    CP – wheel covers

    Aero – aero parts

    3D/5D – door count

    HR – High roof

    HID – High-intensity discharge lamps/

    RS – Rear spoiler


    A1 –Thumb Size Hardly Visible

    A2-Palm size scratch on paint

    А4 Scratches more than 20 см

    А5 Scratches that need to be painted

    This line show the exact scratch location


    B1/B2/B3 – Dent with a scratch

    E1- barely visible dent

    E2- few dents barely visible

    E3- many visible dents

    U1- Pin dents

    U2- dent visible

    U3- 2 Palm size dent


    Y1- A tear which is the size of a thumb.

    Y2- A tear which is the size of a palm.

    Y3- A tear which is more than size Y2.

  • RUST

    S1, S2, S3- Rust from weak to sever

    C1,C2,C3 –Corrosion from weak, small to severe with corrosion with a whole sign


    W1- A panel which has been repaired slightly, and is in good condition.

    W2- A panel which has been repaired slightly, and has a slightly wave.

    W3- A panel which has been repaired and has a conspicuous wave.

    P or H– Paint faded , M repair marked


    X -A panel which needs to be replaced.

    !- Tender-Lease auctions use this sign for replaced parts!

    XX-A panel which has been replaced.


    X1/ H1/G- small stone chip on the front window up 1 cm)

    R -crack on front glass stone chip/crack has been fixed

    RX-crack in front glass /needs replacement


    GRADE A – Very clean condition without stains, burnt areas or scratches

    GRADE B – Clean condition, the previous owner take a good car of the car interior

    GRADE C – Interior need some cleaning, tiny stains might have some cigarette burnt holes

    GRADE D – The interior is not clean, must be cleaned and restored ,might have some holes or cut areas

    GRADE E – This grade needs complete interior restoration

  • INTERIOR indicators

    PS – Power steering

    PW – Power window

    AAC /AC/–Automatic or none-automatic air conditioning

    AB, SRS, WAB –Airbag types

    AT, FA, FAT, IAT, CA, CAT, CVT, ICVT- Automatic transmissions

    MT, F5, 5C, 5SPD/6F/6 – Manual transmission

    NAVI, GPS – Navigation system

    ST/CD / MD /TV- Music and video equipment

    革, レザー, カワ,LS – Leather seats

    SR, サンルーフ –Sunroof


    LPG, CNG, LNG– Gas fuel types

    ABS – Anti-lock braking system

    AFS – Adaptive Front light System

    LSD -Limited slip differential

    EVC – Electric Vehicle Car

    TRC, TCS -Traction Control System (TRC)

    2WD/4WD – Drivetrain type, two/four wheel drive


    $ or *,# -these signs represent the changed mileage, that is tempered odometer or odometer change

    改 -( kai mark’) – This sign represents modification done by previous owners, for example:

    Performance cars

    -To add additional horsepower, multiple aftermarket parts, extra equipment and engine modifications

    - After-market suspension, seats, steering wheel etc.

    - Mission modification, the original AT mission converted to manual transmission.

    Passenger cars, Vans, Trucks

    - Previous owner, has converted fuel from gasoline to LPG or CNG gas

    - Removal of seats and installment of special purpose equipment such as ambulance or camping car.


    In Japan, the registration year is indicated in all documents, NOT actual Manufacture date /MFDT/. Please pay attention, the registration date might differ from actual Manufacture/MFDT/ date on the belt. Japanese year calculation— 2014 is year 26 of the Heisei (平成) era, from 8 January 1989 to the present. Please pay great attention to the registration and actual manufacture date when calculating your import tariffs and local registration fees. 


    There are three types of wholesale auto auctions in Japan:


    LIVE Auto auctions-Real-time live bidding with progressive price increase by multiple participants ONLINE. The session is hold in auction halls, where you can personally visit or bid online from your computer. When the price does not reach seller's lowest target price,then it becomes an unsold car. These cars can be re-negotiated with an auction house during trading session by phone. 


    TENDER or Lease auctions-The bidding process is very similar to vote counting system.The bidding take place up to a certain deadline usually midday Japanese time. The offered bids are all final and cannot be changed after the indicated deadline.The auction house later chooses the single highest bid.The negotiation for unsold car is not possible.


    FIXED or Oneprice auctions-This type of auctions has good choice of cars -that are offered at decided price and can be bought by single click. They are also popular among local dealers with detailed photos and convenient time to buy.