Auction sheets are the heartblood of overseas car buying. Without them, there would be no standardized way of knowing about a car. However, they're not easy to understand (at first).
Well, since it's always good to know how to do things yourself, we though we'd help you learn how to read the most important part of the auction sheet: the car map.
To give credit it where it's due, this link is great way to learn about auction maps in general:
We're not going to reinvent the wheel, so if you want to continue reading, you'll need to skim that link to have an idea of what we're talking about.
With that out of the way, I'm sure there's one fickle question on your mind:
So, if there are other sites that tell you how to read auction sheets, what's the purpose of this post?
Lets face it, we deal with old cars. We'll never be selling a car with an Auction Grade of S, 6, 5, or even 4 (for the most part), because cars like that are rarely 25 years old, and if they are they're expensive. It's a little alarming to see ratings that aren't excellent, but we want to clear the air about what you should expect.
Down below are a few examples of good, great, and amazing car maps. You probably already have a good idea of how the cost varies with each level, but a good thing to note is that I'd buy any of these cars (if I had my pants full of cash). Even the 'good' car maps are in great condition given their age.
Examples of a Good Car Map
Examples of a Great Car Map
Example of an Amazing Car Map
The most important thing to do to understand car maps is to walk around you own car. Notice the scratches, dents, and/or waves. Think about what has been replace, and think about how your car would measure up if it was inspected. Put that into perspective, and it will help you realize how to interpret a car map.