Grading Scale

GTAA grades Paint & Body, Interior, and Tires separately.

Score is for each item not a composite.

This grading scale is intended to communicate a vehicle’s general appearance and condition. Other factors, such as mileage and structural damage/repairs declarations may have a significant impact on a vehicle’s value and should be considered. Disputes regarding a vehicle grade are not grounds for arbitration. We encourage buyer’s to purchase a post-sale inspection for frame and single item mechanical defects exceeding $500.00.

GRADE 5 - VEHICLE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

PAINT & BODY

  • Only minor defects in panel surfaces requiring no conventional body or paint work.
  • May have had limited high quality repairs performed.
  • No missing, broken, or damaged parts that require replacement.
  • No visible glass damage.

INTERIOR

  • No missing, broken, or damaged parts that require replacement.
  • No cuts, tears, or burns that require repair.
  • Shows no sign of wear.
  • No noticeable offensive odor.

TIRES

  • All match by brand, size, and style.
  • Near new condition.

GRADE 4 - VEHICLE IS BETTER THAN AVERAGE

PAINT & BODY

  • Minor chips or scratches in panel surfaces requiring minor conventional body & paint work
  • May require removal of small dents that have not broken the paint using paint-less dent repair
  • May have had high quality conventional repairs of cosmetic or light collision damage
  • May require replacement of minor missing or broken part
  • No visible glass damage beyond minor pitting of windshield

INTERIOR

  • Clean, showing minimal wear
  • May require replacement of minor missing or broken part
  • No noticeable offensive odor

TIRES

  • All match by brand, size, and style
  • Good or better condition

GRADE 3 - NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR

PAINT & BODY

  • May require conventional body and paint work
  • May require replacement of parts
  • May have sustained cosmetic or light collision damage and been repaired to collision industry standards
  • Windshield may be damaged

INTERIOR

  • Shows signs of normal wear and usage

TIRES

  • Average or better
  • Match by size and style

GRADE 2 - SHOWS SIGNS OF EXCESSIVE WEAR AND TEAR

PAINT & BODY

  • Dents, scratches, and body panels that may require replacement
  • Parts may be broken and missing
  • May have multiple prior repairs performed at substandard levels
  • May have repaired or unrepaired collision damage

INTERIOR

  • Shows signs of excess wear
  • May have burns, cuts, tears, and non-removable stains

TIRES

  • May be worn or mismatched

GRADE 1 - SHOWS SIGNS OF SEVERE ABUSE

  • May have sustained major collision damage, but may be drivable
  • May be cost prohibitive to extensively recondition this vehicle by automotive industry standards
  • Frame/structure may not measure to published specifications
  • May have missing or disconnected mechanical parts
  • Although operable, this vehicle is near the end of its useful life
  • Operability of accessories is doubtful

GRADE 0- VEHICLE IS INOPERATIVE

  • Good for parts only
  • Mechanical and body parts may be inoperable, disconnected, damaged or missing
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