The Japanese Car Auction
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Highest Bidder Wins
Japanese car auction works like any other type of auction, meaning the highest bidder wins.
If you have no idea on how much the bidding price should be, just contact us. we can provide some information about the average price and what a workable bidding price is.
Auction bidding is by proxy, so even if you bid a large amount, you will only pay just over what the next highest bidder was willing to pay.
For example You are prepared to bid a maximum of 300,000 yen on a car and the next highest bidder is 200,000 yen. You then win the car at 201,000 yen and not at 300,000 yen
Japanese Car Auction Map
The Auction Sheet
WIthout any exceptions, used cars in Japan are subject to an inspection by concerning Japanese car auction houses before the auction starts. They summarize its result on what is called "Auction Sheet" in Japanese.Show English Translated Image
More Information about the Auction Sheet.
The auction grade summarizes overall condition
|1||Engine swap or has been under water|
|5||Same as new|
|*||Non running car, needs a forklift to be moved. But also mentioned for any motorbike or machinery|
|4.5||Excellent grade with almost no issue|
|R or 0||Accident history repaired. Repaired parts are mostly informed on auction sheet|
|4||Great grade with minor issues only|
|RA||Minor accident repaired (core support or back panel only)|
|3.5||Good grade with some issues that may need repair|
|RB||Heavy repair (till inner panel or floor)|
|3||Average grade with issues to fix|
|RC||Pillar or frame has been changed/repaired|
|R2||Accident history and mostly rust or corrosion issue|
Inside grade summarizes condition of the inside of the car
|A||Excellent interior condition|
|C||Good or average condition with imperfections|
|B||Good condtion with some imperfections|
|D||Bad interior condition|
|Detailed Body Condition
Body marks according to code
|1||Minor, almost not noticeable (eg A1, U1)|
|3||average or big (eg A3, U3)|
|2||Small but noticeable (eg A2, U2)|
|大||Big (Japanese kanji for "big")|
|So for instance A3 means average or big scratch, U1 stands for tiny dent, AU1 for tiny dent with scratch, S大 for heavy rust…|
Options of the car are marked with a circle
|カワ or 革||Leather Seats|
Code used to indicate Manual or Automatic transmission
|Manual||F5, F6, MT, 5MT, 6MT|
|Automatic||AT, FA, FAT|
About the features
Which is used from the day the car is displayed till auction time, so 1 to 3 days. After that, this information is erased and a different car will have this number
Registration year & month
It is written in Japanese year. Here is how to read it: From 1 to 40, add 1988. So if you have 13, you do 13+1988 = 2001 for the registration year From 41 to 63, add 1926. So if you have 61, you do 61+1926 = 1987 for the registration year Month is mentioned with a figure: 1 to 12 for Jan to Dec
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