Learn to read Japanese Auction sheets!


Read the Japanese auction sheet of this Mazda RX-7

 A Japanese auction sheet is something that comes up regularly when you’re looking to buy a vehicle from Japan. It’s a very effective tool to see the condition of a vehicle through several different stages. Although it may seem a little daunting, with this guide, we hope you will be able to understand most of what is written.

There are a few different auction networks with branches all across Japan leading to the auction sheet, its symbols, and the quality of the grading varying slightly from auction to auction.

The auction sheet below is an example from the USS auction network.

Auction sheet guide 1 scaled

Overall Grade

S / 6 – The vehicle is less than 12 months old from the first registration date and both the exterior and interior are in excellent condition. Usually under 10,000 km.

5 – Similar to grade S, in excellent condition but with minor imperfections needing little to no repair.

4.5 – The exterior and interior may have some minor imperfections but a very high grade overall.

4 – Above average grade with small scratches/dents and sometimes with interior imperfections.

3.5 – Average grade requiring some maintenance and minor repair.

3 – Exterior with noticeable scratches, dents, and repair marks requiring bodywork and interior often will have cigarette burn marks, stains, and interior wear.

2 – A vehicle is marked down as a grade 2 when there are large corrosion holes.

*** / 0 / 99 – The vehicle has not been inspected or the vehicle has been in a major accident and has not been repaired or the vehicle is not running.

R – Repaired vehicle with accident history

RA/R1 – Minor accident with good repairs.

Interior Grade

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AAs new
BVery clean and nice
CAverage with some wear and tear. Might have some cigarette burn marks, dashboard bubbles/screws/cracks.
DCigarette burn marks/holes with smell, tears, rips, cracks and other damage
EA large repair will be required as a whole.

The Vehicle Diagram

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A1Slight scratch- barely visible
A2Scratch of under 10 cm
A3Scratch of over 10-20 cm
A4Scratch of over 20 cm
B1-B4Dent with a scratch
U1Small dent- barely visible
U2Palm sized dent
U3Relatively big dent
C1Small area of corrosion
C2/C3Severe corrosion
W1A panel which has been repaired slightly, in good condition
W2A panel which has been repaired slightly, and has a slight wave
W3A panel which has been repaired and has a conspicuous wave
PアセPaint fade
PハゲPaint wear
PワレPaint crack
XWindscreen or panel replacement required
GSmall stone chip in windshield

In addition to the auction sheet translations, we tend to do inspections (photos and videos) for most of the vehicles we buy for our customers. Especially those that are in Grade 4 and below. Auction sheets do not consider rust when handing out the overall grade and although rust is usually stated in the negative comments section, it rarely describes the extent. There could be an R-grade car with a minor repair in great condition while a 3.5-grade car is full of rust. The inspection mitigates this issue by giving you a great overview of the entire vehicle before you decide to bid.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or simply need help with looking for a vehicle. We are happy to take you through the process with translations and inspections and make sure you are sure of the vehicle you decide to bid on.

Here are some photos of an inspection:

Videos of the inspection were not be uploaded

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