Letters on windscreen of auction cars – car talk – nigeria gas works park seattle


Damage Codes are used to indicate known damage to the lot. Damage codes are listed as Primary Damage (1st) and Secondary Damage (2nd). Both Damage Codes indicate significant information about the lot and any one code should not be interpreted to carry more significance than the other.

These codes indicate known or reported damage only and are limited by their nature. Copart expressly disclaims the accuracy of Damage Codes, as information may not accurately reflect the type or extent of damage to any vehicle. Damage Codes may not be used or relied upon for bidding purposes or for any other reason. Copart strongly recommends that Members thoroughly inspect lots before purchase.

These vehicles are NOT assigned to an auction yet. All Title processing required to sell these vehicles has been completed and submitted to the proper titling authority. Copart is waiting for DMV processing to be completed. When DMV processing is completed, these vehicles will be assigned to an actual sale. Any Members bidding on these vehicles will be notified by email when the vehicle is assigned to a sale.

so now if your car comes and you see R on one side of the windscreen and D on the other side it means the car is on a rebuilt title bought from salvage lot D you can mix and match the title codes and damage codes to get an idea why it was auctioned.

There are several different auctions besides USS in Japan and they all have slightly different ways of evaluating, inspecting and grading cars. For example it’s commonly known that a car that receives a grade 4 from USS may receive a grade 3.5 from JU or CAA etc. This is all the more reason to ensure there is a thorough pre and post inspection of any car at auction you might be interested in.

You will probably hear this from other Import/Export companies that the inspectors at the auction houses "don’t care if the car gets sold". It does raise the question of this, someone must care that the vehicle is sold and who might that be? The obvious answer is the auction house, so whether or not some auction house‘s are more or less honest or have incentive to misrepresent some issues with some cars is up to you decide. We’ve seen serious issues of rust and other mechanical and superficial issues left out of the auction sheets. Fortunately any good Importer or Exporter will be able to have the car immediately returned to the auction house at no penalty to you for misrepresenting the vehicle. This also assumes the company you deal with is honest as some companies may send you pictures that make your vehicle look as if it’s in good condition but leave out pictures of the trunk being rusted out etc.

In the end we must say the Japanese Used Car auctions in general are an extremely reliable and trustworthy way of purchasing vehicles compared to buying locally in Canada or a North American car auction. Try taking a car back to a Canadian auction after they stated there were no mechanical problems and you find them.

3 Average condition with conspicuous scratches, dents, repairs and maybe some faded/peeling paint or blemishes. Unless you work at a bodyshop and are experienced in repainting and repairing panels you probably want to avoid any of the cars here.

0/R/RA/-1/1 Repaired vehicle or high modified. A car which has had minor or major accident damage (we find most cars in this category have had major head on collisions) and has been repaired. The grade may appear differently at different auctions and sometimes the car may not have been repaired but is given this grade because it is highly modified. If you see a car that says "A" for the grade it doesn’t mean grade A goodness, it means accident.

Even a grade 3.5 or grade 4 car may have had multiple panels repaired but our assumption is that the repair was done like new, thus differentiating them form a Grade RA car, however it’s still best to find a car without serious panel repairs or replacement.

When it comes to interior grades and condition we’ve seen cars with 48-80K on the odometer with a Grade B where the auction sheet states "Steering wheel worn" or "Seats worn". This to us means the car was treated roughly or that the odometer was rolled. We feel such a car shouldn’t get a grade B and should receive an automatic D.

G Chip or crack in windshield Sometimes the auction sheet marking is not marked as G but you will see some Japanese writing on the windshield part of the diagram. If you see any writing on the windshield diagram it usually means a chipped or cracked windshield.

We hope that gives you a good starting point to understanding exactly what all those lines, squiggles and marks on the auction sheet mean. As long as you keep these points in mind and bid carefully and understand the auction sheet fully you should be just fine.