Reading Auction Sheets

Grading Info

Overall Grades:

Grade 5:     Vehicle is As New. All original body parts. No repair needed on vehicle. Normally only given to vehicles less than 3 years old.

Grade 4.5: Vehicle is in excellent condition. No slight scratches or dents

Grade 4:     Vehicle in good condition, few scratches/dents due to normal wear as you would get with any normal vehicle.

Grade 3.5: Vehicle has a few scratches or dents visible. The grade is usually given to a vehicle in average condition. Normally would need                         $250-$400 touch up work to make mint..

Grade 3:    Various scratches and dents. High possibility of rust and or corrosion and will require some work to pass compliance.

Grade 2:    Badly corroded OR a non standard or modified car

Grade 1:     Either a pile of Junk or a very heavily modified

RA or A1: Vehicle has been in a minor accident. It h
as been repaired to an acceptable standard.

R or A:     A vehicle which has been in an accident where some parts have been repaired or replaced.

Interior Grades:

A: As new condition. No faults

B: Very clean condition, has usual wear expected for year/mileage.

C: Clean but with one or two defects. Usually a cigarette burn or scratch on dash/trim

D: Dirty or smells of cigarette smoke. Some  wear and or a rips.






We recommend to our customers to only bid on cars with a grade 3.5 and higher if the car is intended for road use. If you are looking at vehicles with auction grade 3 and lower or with a grade R or RA – these are accident grade cars and we advise not to buy these cars as they could cost you a lot of money to get them up to WOF and compliance standards. The auction grade can be found on the top right corner of the auction sheet as shown below. The smaller letter below represents the interior condition.



If a car is found to have been repaired following an accident in Japan, it must be inspected by a specialist engineer and he will direct an approved repairer on the required work that must be preformed to bring it to NZ safety standards. This usually involves stripping the paint from all repaired areas, drilling out spot welds and re-welding panels before repainting the effected area. This will add many thousands of dollars to your estimated on road cost in NZ. If you wanted to bring in a repaired or damaged vehicle – these costs would be up to you to cover.