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Japanese Auction Sheet - What does it mean?

The thought for many when looking at a Japanese car auction sheet can one of confusion and quite daunting. Here is a quick guide to some of the basic level information you may see when looking at an auction sheet that can quickly help you understand what you may be looking at for any car.

A: 1/2/3

How to buy cars from Japan is the first question asked, but once you're up and running with Auto Portal to see the cars available, you want to know the condition.

Nearly every car below a Grade S will have at least one or two 'A' marks on the sheet. These donate scratches which range from minimal (1) to larger ones (3).

U: 1/2/3

Just like our bodies, cars will take the odd dent or bump in their lifetime. You can see these on Japanese used car listings as smaller dents (1 to larger more visible dents (3).

W: 1/2/3

One thing that can be quite hard to see for people is the paint condition of a vehicle. This can also be true when inspecting Japanese used cars at the auction houses like USS Tokyo, USS Nagoya, HAA Kobe, USS Osaka, and many others as the cars are often lined up in multi-story car parks where the light visibility may be lower and as such a cars repainted or marked parts may not be so easy to view.

This is where the auction sheet can help as small paint defects (1) to larger more notable areas (3) will be marked by the auction house prior to it being parked.


A very important marker for the auction sheet can be the X or XX mark that will donate if a part requires replacement, or has been replaced in the past.

Maybe this will be on the windshield for one that has received a crack, but more seriously you should look out for ones that are marked on the front bumper, front fenders, hood, rear bumper, rear panels as this can often be in relation to a car that has had some either minor or major crash damage history.


Rust is like a common cold, there is no way to ensure it will never 100% appear, but for those cars that have quite a serious degree of rust, then the auction house should try their best to add the 'S' marker to the auction sheet.

As there is minimal time to grade a car, it may not always appear, so dealing with a team like us here at Auto Portal and our inspection staff on the day of the auction we can assist further to determine the quality of any car you may be looking at.


One step further than rust - comes corrosion, another feature of care none of us like to see.

Again it may not always appear on the sheet, but if it does it's quite a good sign that it may be a car you might want to pass on and look for something more cleaner in general.

Aside from these basic markers, there's always more information listed on a Japanese car auction sheet such as individual notes about a cars engine, seat stains or tears, smells of tobacco, worn out steering wheels, core support damage, faulty AC, and many other snippets of information that you might need to be aware of.

If you are a used car dealer, Auto Portal would love to facilitate any needs you have for the purchasing of cars from Japanese car auctions.

Head over to the 'become a dealer section' on the main page of our website here to get in touch.

We deal with customers from all corners of the globe and our 14-year experienced staff will take care of all your needs.

We hope you found this article interesting and we'll be back soon with more information.

Auto Portal Co, Ltd.

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