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Vehicle Condition Grades

It’s important to Manheim our buyers purchase vehicles in confidence and our sellers have their vehicles consistently appraised prior to sale.
Manheim’s vehicle condition grading provides additional information regarding the interior and exterior condition of the vehicle. As a buyer, this means you will be able to better understand whether a vehicle is right for you.
Participating vehicles are graded by trained inspectors working to a strict standard.  Vehicles are graded from grades 1 to 5 using principles from the internationally accepted NAMA grading scheme, non participating vehicles will receive the grade unclassified. Grade 1 is the highest grade.
The relevant grading for each vehicle will be recorded on each vehicle condition report.

Benefits of Manheim’s Vehicle Condition Grades  

  • Increased awareness of a vehicle’s interior and exterior condition when buying at auction
  • Easily identify vehicles that are right for you
  • Awarded by trained, independent inspectors working to a strict standard
  • Based on an independent internationally accepted standard in NAMA


NAMA (National Association of Motor Auctions) is a trade association and its standard grading scheme for auctions is designed to “enhance transparency and make it easier for auction buyers to select vehicles that they want to buy.”

Vehicle Information


Highest awarded grade. Some minor imperfections may exist, for example miniscule dents or minor scratches that require SMART repairs. These will be recorded on the Condition Report. 

Second highest awarded grade. The vehicle may require repairs as Grade 1 plus up to two body shop repairs. These will be recorded on the Condition Report.

Third highest awarded grade. Vehicle may require repairs as Grade 2 plus may require major or minor repairs. These will be recorded on the Condition Report.

The vehicle may require repairs as per Grade 3 plus numerous additional major & minor body shop repairs. Examples of major repairs may include a door mirror repair and paint or a bonnet repair and paint. These will be recorded on the Condition Report.

A combination of major or minor repairs may be required exceeding that of grade 4. These will be recorded on the Condition Report. 

Vehicles are classified as ungraded when they have not been inspected, this occurs when a vehicle falls into one of the following categories:
• 10 years old or more
• 160,000 KM or more
• Defects identified exceed the criteria of Grade 5


SMART Repairs

Minor Body Shop Repairs

Major Body Shop Repair

(Small Medium Repair Technique) (Scratches, Chips & Scuffs) (Dents, holes and gouging)
Examples of SMART Repairs include: Examples of minor body shop repairs include: Examples of major body shop repairs include:
  • Alloy wheel refurbishment
  • Minor paint repair 
  • Glass repair
  • Minor trim repair
  • Paintless dent removal
  • Body panel or bumper requiring repair and paint
  • Body panel or bumper requiring repair and paint

With Manheim’s new Vehicle Grading, you now have a better understanding of the condition of the vehicle you are purchasing.

Disclaimer: This information is intended as a guide only and Manheim gives no guarantee or warranty about the accuracy of the information contained within.  You must ensure that you have read, understood and agreed to the terms and conditions for buying at auction which include confirmation that vehicles are sold “as is, where is” with all faults (if any) and you must independently verify information which is important to your purchasing decision.