How to Read Japanese Auction Sheets!

Avishka Chandeepa

Posted 06 March 2024



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.

Japanese Auction Sheet Sample


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.


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.


In addition to translating auction sheets, we take the extra step of conducting comprehensive vehicle inspections, which include detailed photos and videos. This thorough examination applies primarily to vehicles falling within Grade 4 and below. It's important to note that auction sheets don't factor in rust when determining the overall grade. While rust may be mentioned in the negative comments section, it often lacks specificity regarding its extent.

Japanese Auction sheet vehicle diagram
A1Slight scratch - barely visible
A2Scratch of under 10 cm
A3Scratch of over 10-20 cm
A4Scratch of over 20 cm
B1-B4A dent with a scratch
U1Small dent- barely visible
U2Palm-sized dent
U3Relatively big dent
C1A small area of corrosion
C2/C3Severe corrosion
W1A panel which has been repaired slightly, is in good condition
W2A panel that has been repaired slightly, and has a slight wave
W3A panel that 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 the windshield

For instance, there might be an R-grade car with minor repairs in excellent condition, while a 3.5-grade car could be plagued by extensive rust issues. Our inspection process serves as a crucial solution to this problem, providing you with a comprehensive overview of the vehicle's condition before you make your bidding decision.

RX7 in Japanese Auctions
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.

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