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Help & Advice - Vehicle Grading

We strive to offer both buyers and sellers the premium re-marketing service. Our appraisal and grading process plays an integral part in this mission.

Our vehicle inspections are carried out on all vehicles offered for sale. This gives our buyers a description of the condition of the vehicle they wish to bid on whilst providing  a consistent inspection and grading system to our sellers prior to the start of the remarketing process. Vehicle appraisals give them accurate data on the condition of their vehicles and allow them to accurately value their success with us.

How we grade vehicles

AB Grading

The appraisal process details all of the vehicles specification and produces a grade based on the cumulative total of damage and the estimated repair cost to bring the vehicle back to a retail condition. We produce a grade for the both the interior and exterior condition.

Exterior Condition

The exterior of a vehicle is rated on a scale of A - E:

Grade Description
A A clean vehicle in a condition commensurate with its age and mileage. This may include minor damage such as chips and scratches that may be remedied with touch-ins and polishing and the replacement of minor parts. The cost of these repairs is estimated at approximately £150.
B The vehicle will require a small amount of SMART repair, local paint repairs and the possible replacement of minor parts. The cost of these repairs is estimated at approximately £300.
C The vehicle may require up to two panels of body-shop repair, replacement parts or a cumulative amount of SMART repair. The cost of these repairs is estimated at approximately £450.
D The vehicle may require up to three panels of body-shop repair, replacement parts or a cumulative amount of SMART repair. The cost of these repairs is estimated at approximately £750.
E The vehicle will be in a poor condition requiring a high level of refurbishment to achieve a retail standard.
N/A No Inspection

Interior Condition

A vehicles interior is rated on a scale of 1 - 3:

Grade Description
1 Clean and commensurate with the age and mileage but may require standard valet.
2 Unclean, possibly stained and will require a professional valet or possible SMART repair to achieve a retail standard..
3 Stained, damaged and may require replacement parts.

Please note: Our vehicle grades are a guide to the exterior and interior condition. They provide a general description of the vehicle and must not be relied upon to give an accurate cost of repair.

 

NAMA Grading

NAMA Grading is a single scheme that operates across the auction sector giving a consistent standard. The scheme benefits auction buyers by giving a clear and definable indication of vehicle condition which allows buyers to purchase in confidence.

Grade Description
1 The vehicle may have minor interior and exterior defects that require SMART repairs,  i.e. minor scratches or dents.  Minor replacement parts may also be required these will all be recorded on the appraisal.
2 The vehicle may require repairs at Grade 1,  plus up to 1 major or minor bodyshop repair to an individual panel or bumper.  The replacement of more significant internal or external trim parts (excluding panels) may also be required.  These will all be recorded on the appraisal.
3 The vehicle may require repairs as Grade 1 and 2 plus it may require up to 5 minor bodyshop repairs, 3 major bodyshop repairs or a combination of major or minor repairs.  The vehicle may require 1 replacement bumper but not 2.  These will be recorded on the appraisal.
4 The vehicle may require repairs as Grade 1, 2 and 3.  It may have a combination of repairs including a replacement panel,  but this will exclude structural panels such as roofs and quarter panels.  These will all be recorded on the appraisal.
5 The vehicle may require repairs as Grade 1,2,3 and 4.  It may have a combination of repairs or the vehicle may have sustained collision damage where the replacement of up to 2 structural panels may be required (providing there is no other damage on the vehicle), these will be recorded on the appraisal.
U

Vehicles in the grade are simply uneconomical to appraise and fall into one of the following categories. 

  • Substantial accident damage
  • Major parts missing
  • Multiple recorded items (exceeding the criteria of Grade 5)
  • Multiple unrecorded items

 

Chelmsford

Drovers Way
Chelmsford
Essex
CM2 5PP

Leeds

Hillidge Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS10 1DE

Prees Heath

Heath Road
Whitchurch
Shropshire
SY13 2AE

Westbury

Brook Lane
Westbury
Wiltshire
BA13 4EN

Donington Park

Donington Park
Castle Donington
Derby
DE74 2RP


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