Vehicle grading at Manheim

NAMA vehicle gradingBefore a vehicle is made available at any Manheim auction centre, it will have already been examined by one of our qualified vehicle inspectors, and graded according to its condition. We use recognised NAMA (National Association of Motor Auctions) grading definitions to determine any damage - the standard grading scheme for motor auctions.

Grading vehicles according to NAMA standards means that we can make it easier for buyers to select the vehicles they want to purchase, safe in the knowledge that the vehicle is in the condition stated in the inspection report. The grading scheme is especially useful for buyers who need extra transparency when looking to buy online.

There are no additional fees for buyers when purchasing a NAMA graded vehicle, however you may want to recondition the vehicle before retailing.



Grades 1-5 and U

When grading a vehicle, the exterior condition is inspected and recorded, alongside any significant interior defects. For checks on areas such as the engine and transmission, please refer to the SureCheck inspection. You will find all appraisal details included in the vehicle's inspection report.

Grade 1

Over 1,000 vehicles available now, most in retail ready condition.

Vehicle may require:
  • • SMART repairs to minor dents or scratches
  • • Minor replacement parts



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Grade 2

Over 1,000 vehicles available now, reconditioning is suggested before retailing.

Vehicle may require:
  • • All Grade 1 items
  • • No more than one body shop repair
  • • The replacement of internal or external trim parts


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Grade 3

Over 2,000 vehicles available now, reconditioning is suggested before retailing.

Vehicle may require:
  • • All Grade 1 and 2 items
  • • No more than one new bumper
  • • A combination of body shop repairs or;
  • • Up to five minor body shop repairs
  • • Three or less major body shop repairs

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Grade 4

Over 2,000 vehicles available now, reconditioning is suggested before retailing.

Vehicle may require:
  • • All Grade 1, 2 and 3 items
  • • A combination of major and minor repairs including a replacement panel
  • • No repairs to structural components

Search Grade 4

Grade 5

Hundreds of vehicles available now, some may have sustained collision damage.

Vehicle may require:
  • • All Grade 1, 2, 3 and 4 items
  • • A combination of major and minor repairs
  • • Up to two structural panels replacing (providing there is no other damage)

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Grade U

Hundreds of vehicles available now.

Vehicle is uneconomical to appraise, due to one of the following items:
  • • Substantial accident damage
  • • Major parts missing
  • • Multiple items exceeding the criteria of Grade 5

Search Grade U

Grade U, also known as Unclassified, may also be applied to vehicles of high mileage or late age.

Repair types

SMART repair
A SMART repair or Small Medium Area Repair Technique can include paintless dent removal, alloy wheel refurbishment, minor paint, glass, trim or touch-in type repair.

Minor body shop repair
When scratches, chips and scuffs require a body panel or bumper to be repainted, they will be fixed using a minor body shop. This type of repair includes preparation, priming, colour coat and, if necessary, lacquer.

Major body shop repair
For more severe dents, holes and gouging to a body panel or bumper of a vehicle, a major body shop repair will be required. This repair will include everything covered by a minor body shop repair, plus reshaping and filler.


NAMA graded vehicles are assessed on a points system, with points allocated by type and severity of damage. Each vehicle is checked using a standard viewing angle from 2 meters and at an angle of 90° plus or minus 45°. Only damage visible at this viewing angle will be awarded points. All areas of significant damage will have supporting digital images available on the inspection report.

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