JAPAN RECOND FACTS
CAN WE TRUST JAPAN RECOND?
Japan Recond or Japan reconditioned car are actually a second hand car from Japan. These cars are acquired during bidding process at Japan auction event. More than 50 auctions and over 100,000 cars are put to bid EVERY WEEKS. At the auction we were provided with auction sheet as a guide to bid the cars.
It looks like this.
The basic information of the auction sheets rather simple to understand than it look. They use code and numbers to explain the condition of the cars.
Each auction house will look a little different in the auction sheet format but the basic information is standard. The green highlight are the main criteria in selecting car at the auction.
For overall grade, vehicles are given from 0 to 6 (6 is the best) with A to D used for interior grade (A is the best). Interiors graded A should be virtually as new. B is also considered extremely clean, and C is often used for average condition. For some auctions a C is still very good, while at others it will mean the interior is dirty, has cigarette burns, or obvious wear and tear. C for a vehicle older than 10 years is generally expected, but would be cause for concern on a 2-year old vehicle. D usually means very untidy, dirty, smoke-affected, or stripped out for racing. Grade 3 or 3.5 can also be the result of a minor accident repair.
On the vehicle diagram, repairs are usually denoted with XX on the affected panels, but can be hidden in the auction sheet notes section written in Japanese. Very minor repairs to front panels may be considered where it’s obvious that only bumpers or front panels have been repainted and any parts replacement has not affected the front structure. If there is any doubt about this we will avoid the vehicle as it is simply not worth the risk.
We generally pick only vehicles graded 4 and higher on the Japanese auction sheet. Occasionally a lower grade vehicle might be worth considering, like some large scrapes and scratches on the bodykit / bumpers could result in a 3.5 grade for what is otherwise a nice vehicle. This cosmetic damage may be easy to fix yet result in significant savings on newer vehicles.
Grade 2 indicates very poor condition or water damage.
Grade 1 is a sign of ‘significant modifications’ – but this could be performance upgrades such as larger turbos, a transmission change from auto to manual, an engine change, or prepared for racing.
It is therefore a matter of reviewing the Japanese auction sheet and pictures for any vehicles of interest with an open mind to determine those worth further inspection. Any that look promising will be physically inspected by our agent at auction to confirm actual condition and more pictures will be taken.
Our director Mohd Izuwan Abd Wahab at the auction event and doing a car inspection.