Auction Grade Detail
Grade 7, 8, 9 or S is given to a new car that is being sold at an auction, with only delivery mileage.
Grade 6 Similar to the cars above but with a little more than delivery mileage.
Grade 5 to a car with exceptionally low mileage and in mint condition.
Grade 4.5 is in excellent condition, but can also have a mileage of up to 100K.
Grade 4 is a good, solid car. Mileage is not an issue (could be low or high).
Grade 3.5 is similar to a grade 4 but may need more paint and panel work. Alternatively, it may have high mileage.
Grade 3 often has either serious paint and panel, or it has had a panel replacement somewhere. Grade 3 cars can also be basically graded 3.5s in terms of condition, but with very high mileage.
Grade 2 is reserved for vehicles in the worst condition. This does not mean that they are write-offs, simply that they have experienced deterioration such that they are now in a very poor state. A grade 2 vehicle will often have corrosion, perhaps corrosion holes and other serious issues. If you are looking for “classic” and other older cars or older trucks and buses, you will find a number of them are grade 2.
Grade 1 = The car which has one or more of the following :
• An aftermarket turbo
• An automatic transmission converted to manual transmission
• Flood damage
• Fire extinguisher damage
Grade R.A = The car which has had accident damage which can be ranked MINOR and has been repaired.
Grade R = The car has had accident damage and has been repaired. The auction definition “A car which has had accident damage” is a car that has accident damage to the following area(s) which parts were repaired or replaced :
• Lower Tie Bar or Frame
• Windshield Pillar
• Center Pillar (B Pillar)
• Rear Pillar (C Pillar)
• Strut Housing
• Roof Panel
• Trunk flooring Panel
• Floor Pan
These cars can be good buying, and the repair work can be of top standard. Thorough inspection at auction and the car can be purchased if the repair is good. Repair may be invisible…or could be bad! We will be onsite to check and give you our opinion. ***= The car has had major accident damage and has NOT been repaired yet. Or a car with an engine that does not work due to major engine trouble.
Some auctions have a letter, A, B or C to denote the exterior and interior grade separately. These letters can be seen near the overall grading number. A is excellent, B average and C below average.
We will normally not note the exterior grade, as the exterior condition of the car can be ascertained by looking at the car map (see below). For the interior grade, we will normally note this in the translation of the auction sheet if you bid on a car.