Auction Car Details

Most of the basic information about a car is received from the auction in Japan electronically, so you can see it displayed above the auction sheet image of the car, like this:

Japanese car auction sheet example

Here is a quick summary of the data you can see in the red box area above:

Car – This is the model name of the car. In this case, a Prius.

Model – This is the model version of this car. So this Prius is a “G” rather than an “S” for example.

Chassis – This is not the chassis number as such, it is the chassis type. So this latest 3rd generation Prius is ZVW30, whereas a first generation Prius would be NHW10.

Shift – This refers to the kind of transmission. This car is a “DA”, which means “Dash-mounted Automatic Transmission”. Other common transmissions you will see are:

AT – Automatic transmission
FAT – Floor automatic transmission (same as “AT”)
IAT – In-dash automatic transmission
DAT – Dashboard-mounted automatic transmission (same as “DA” above)
CVT – Continuously Variable Transmission
SAT – Semi-Automatic Transmission
MT – Manual Transmission
F5 – Floor 5-speed manual transmission
F6 – Floor 6-speed manual transmission

Year – This is the year that the car was first registered in Japan.

Maker – Toyota

Fuel – Some auctions provide this data about whether the vehicle is a gasoline or diesel-powered vehicle.

Grade – This is the overall grading of the car. See below for more details.

Options – This is information about the basic equipment on the car. This only reflects original equipment installed by the manufacturer. The car may have other aftermarket equipment which will be noted in the translation, if you request one. Common equipment abbreviations you will see on the auction sheet are:

AC – air conditioning
AAC – automatic air conditioning (basically the same as AC)
PS – power steering
PW – power windows
AB – airbags
SR – sun roof
AW – alloy wheels

Chassis # – This is the full chassis number. This information is only provided in electronic form by some auctions. For other auctions, you can find the chassis number on the auction sheet itself

Color – This is the color as noted by the auction inspector. With some colors, particularly “pearl” colors, the exact shade can sometimes be a matter of opinion and can also change with the lighting. Some auctions provide the color number, so if you are particularly concerned about the precise color, we can often get this for you.

Start – This is the price in Yen at which bidding will start. This does not give you much idea about how much you need to bid to be successful. You do know that you cannot bid less than this start bid, though.

Auction – The name of the auction house.

Location – The name of the specific location (kaijo) this auction is being held at.

Auction number – The lot number of the vehicle in this auction’s own numbering system

Want to see the Japanese car auctions for yourself?

Take literally one minute of your time and sign up for 14 days of free access to our online auction system. You could be looking at cars in the auctions in Japan literally one minute from now.