USS Auto Auction

USS Auto Auction

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USS auction house deals in high grade vehicles offering 16 on-site locations across Japan. The auction at USS takes place on different days of the week, therefore active dealers and members can participate in the auction at their own preferences.

Auction House Japan only facilitates its customers in getting used cars from auction houses in Japan. We do not hold auctions on our own and/or anyone’s behalf. Every auction House listed on our website is a separate entity of its own.

How to Read a Japanese Auction Sheet

The Japanese Auction System operates on a enormous scale
More than 80 auctions and a hundred and forty,000+ automobiles each week
This Japanese Auction Guide sets out the way it all works
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Understand the grading machine and abbreviations used on a Japanese auction sheet

Preparing to Bid at Auction explains the way to check out and bid on automobiles
Contact us at any time if you need similarly assist or advice
The video beneath indicates a normal Japanese auction in progress. Bidding for most motors takes approximately 10 seconds earlier than they may be both offered or exceeded in reserve rate now not met.

Auction Basics
The primary records on Japanese public sale sheets is easy to understand as numbers and codes are used.
Many alternatives, performance modifications and brand names are written in English.
Often the remarks in Japanese to the left of the car diagram will reiterate the damage proven.
Our marketers translate relevant points from the nice and negative sections of the Japanese auction sheet, into English.
They run the engine and take a look at the transmission whilst the vehicle is desk bound.
Additional photographs are taken of the vehicle inclusive of underbody, interior, outside, and any adjustments.
There is an awful lot extra to shopping for a vehicle than just the auction grade.
This is where revel in is necessary to pick out only the fine automobiles.
See How to Buy and What We Do for more detail at the public sale inspection and bidding procedure.
Japanese Auction Sheet Codes Explained
Every public sale makes use of a grading record or Japanese public sale sheet which lists the information of the automobile plus records approximately the vehicle condition.
Each auction residence is a little distinct in the reporting layout however the primary information remains the same.
Vehicles are given from 0 to six for the general grade 6 is the best with A to D used for indoors grade A is the great.
Some auctions will add an additional A to D grade for frame situation, so you may additionally see a 4 B B for example.
Interiors graded A need to be truely as new. B is likewise taken into consideration extremely smooth, and C is frequently used for common condition.
For a few auctions a C remains excellent, even as at others it’ll imply the interior is grimy, has cigarette burns, or obvious put on and tear. C for a vehicle older than 10 years is generally predicted, however could be cause for challenge on a 2-yr antique car.
D normally means very untidy, dirty, smoke-affected, or stripped out for racing.
Grade 3 or three.5 also can be the result of a minor accident restore.
Repairs are typically denoted with XX on the affected panels, however may be hidden within the auction sheet notes section written in Japanese.
Very minor upkeep to the front panels can be taken into consideration in which it’s obvious that most effective bumpers or front panels were repainted and any elements substitute has not affected the the front shape.
If there’s any doubt approximately this we are able to keep away from the vehicle as it is in reality now not well worth the risk of rejection through your compliance workshop.
We generally supply best automobiles graded four and better at the Japanese auction sheet.
Occasionally a lower grade car is probably really worth considering, e.G. Some big scrapes and scratches at the bodykit / bumpers ought to result in a 3.5 grade for what’s in any other case a pleasing car.
This beauty harm can be easy to restoration but bring about extensive financial savings on more recent motors.
Grade 2 indicates very poor circumstance or water harm.
Grade 1 is a sign of ‘significant modifications’ – this can be performance upgrades which includes larger turbos, a transmission exchange from vehicle to guide, an engine change, or prepared for racing.
It is consequently a matter of reviewing the Japanese public sale sheet and pix for any cars of interest with an open thoughts to determine the ones well worth similarly inspection.
Any that appearance promising could be bodily inspected via our agent at public sale to affirm real condition and extra images can be taken.
We then contact you to speak about condition and your finances.
See What We Do for extra detail at the auction inspection and bidding method.
Overall grade
6 New
five As new without a circumstance faults
four.Five Very smooth, one panel suffering from minor paint blemish
four More than one panel suffering from minor paint blemishes
three.5 Some attention to panel and paint is needed
three Rough usual condition
2 Serious panel harm, rusty or water damaged
1 Significant overall performance upgrades or mechanical adjustments
A, 0, R Accident harm and repair
A, 0, R and variations (RS, R0, RA, A1) are all used to denote repaired vehicles, with RA, A1, R1 being minor maintenance. Repairs within the rear or any dents in structural members like chassis rails are exclusions for Australia below SEVS so we right now avoid any of those motors for SEVS import.
*** Serious mechanical or body fault, e.G. Engine issues, present coincidence harm, hearth
A As new with no situation faults
B Very smooth and great
C Average / easy for age inclusive of expected wear and tear
D Cigarette burns / smell, rips, tears, or other damage to interior, considerable wear and tear
SR Sunroof
AW Alloy Wheels
PS Power Steering
PW Power Windows
AB Airbag
Vehicle Diagram
XX Panels have been replaced because of upkeep and / or painted.
W Wavy
Can mean the affected panel has been painted, and the paint is not as smooth because the unique manufacturing facility paint.
However, in some cases even if marked with a W it’s miles not possible to tell with the bare eye whether or not paintwork has been done.
Auction workforce could make errors additionally, and mark panels W when they’re uncertain. W or W1, W2 and W3 are used, with 1 being least sizeable.
A Scratch
A1 is a tiny scratch, and commonly you will assume this to buff out or be an clean contact up.
A2 is a medium scratch via the top layer of paint, and gained’t easily be hidden.
A3 is a deep scratch including a severe scrape or intentional key mark, and will surely require paintwork if you need to fully address it.
U Pin dent
Only a small dent along with you’ll pick out up inside the carpark.
U1 to U4 are used to denote the scale of the dent, with 1 being the smallest.
B Larger dents
These are greater extreme than pin dents. They are quite noticeable dents and range from B1 to B4.
G Chip
You may see a G, X or maybe an A marked on the windscreen. This commonly suggests a small stone chip or scratch and regularly these are quite small, the scale of a pin head or so, and now not effortlessly visible.
They are the sort of factors maximum cars pick out up via normal use and if you see them referred to it doesn’t imply the windscreen desires replacing.
Y Cracks
Y1 to Y4. Usually in bodykits or lights and regularly no longer a primary difficulty as restore or alternative in all fairness easy.
P Paint damage
P1 to P4. Fading, scratches or discolouration from solar damage, sprucing, peeling, crazing or negative paintwork.
S / C Rust / Corrosion
S and C1 to C4 are usually used.
An S or C1 at the frame can imply a small stone chip has some floor rust or there may be a gap of rust on the brink of a sunroof which might be effortlessly addressed.
In different instances S referred to inside the terrible comments section could imply extensive underbody rust. C indicated at the wheel arches is a sign there is severe corrosion due to use in snowy regions.
Physical inspections are undertaken for rust no matter whether it’s miles cited on the Japanese auction sheet, as even grade four.5 cars can be rusty.
The Best Auctions
While Japan has extra than 80 auctions each week and lots of agents declare insurance of them all, in fact maximum motors are sourced from a much smaller wide variety of fundamental auctions and those are the main auctions attended weekly by way of reliable public sale inspection retailers.
Several small auctions are hung on Monday but most are on line simplest including AUCNET and NPS Tokyo Nyusatsu which don’t allow physical inspections as there is no centralised auction region.
Other auctions are so small that it isn’t possible to have an agent there to investigate cars.
For the pleasant selection of cars, circumstance and fees our favourite auctions are in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe and Fukuoka:
Tuesday USS Yokohama, JU Saitama, CAA Tokyo, CAA Gifu, TAA Kinki, TAA Kyushu, NAA Fukuoka
Wednesday JAA, CAA Chubu, BAYAUC, BCN Saitama, KCAA Minami Kyushu, USS Fukuoka, MIRIVE Saitama, USS Kobe
Thursday USS Tokyo, MIRIVE Osaka, KCAA Fukuoka, TAA Kantou
Friday USS Nagoya, USS Osaka, ARAI Bayside, JU Fukuoka, USS Saitama, NAA Tokyo
Saturday USS HAA Kobe, USS Fukuoka, USS Gunma, TAA Yokohama
The USS organization has been aggressively buying different auctions for a number of years, and now controls greater than 50% of all of the auction sales in Japan by way of extent.
TAA (Toyota Auto Auctions) and some of the smaller non-USS branded auctions tend to be cheaper than the U.S.Auctions, and we often see cars moved from TAA to USS via dealers creating a short income.
We use JCHC to provide past auction records to our customers as part of our pre-public sale tests – knowing the previous circumstance and sale fee gives our clients an advantage over other consumers. It additionally permits us to goal vehicles which might be first time up for public sale, a good way to typically be affordable.
Fukuoka in the south of Japan has numerous good auctions every week and may provide some inexpensive deals. Allow for extra delivery of about 30,000 Yen to Osaka for shipping if required, as delivery from nearby Moji Port is much less frequent.
Auctions We Avoid
We mainly avoid all Sapporo / Hokkaido auctions due to rust problems.
Sapporo is at the island of Hokkaido within the far north of Japan very near Russia, they have got about 7 months of snow every yr and salt the roads. That approach many automobiles there are laid low with rust. Transport to the nearest Port of Yokohama additionally fees about 60,000 Yen extra depending at the car.
We also keep away from JU Gifu public sale in the Nagoya location on Saturday, this auction is frequently used by sellers reselling cars from other auctions for a quick income so many vehicles there skip in unsold because the reserve expenses are too excessive.
There are a number of small auctions positioned outside the primary town areas of Japan in which it is not possible to arrange physical inspections because of the distance and small number of automobiles. But no longer to fear, we can assist you with all the advice and data you need as automobiles of interest arise.

Reading a Japanese Auction Sheet – Example 1
This car became a 2007 Nissan Skyline V36 370GT coupe, base model. Graded three.5 due to a rear restore. Note XX in the notes segment, but now not shown on the car diagram in this situation. Body and indoors were graded C and B.
Reading a Japanese Auction Sheet – Example 2
Here is another example for a 2006 V35 Skyline Premium coupe in a slightly special handwritten format for USS auctions. The same records is there.

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