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Trust in the condition and description of a vehicle is key to both buyers and sellers. BCA use the NAMA Vehicle Grading Scheme which makes the true condition of a vehicle visible and transparent.

Our goal is for every car offered for sale by BCA, whether online, in the auction hall, or via any other sales channel including any vehicles located 'offsite' will be 'condition graded' accurately, truthfully and objectively. For buyers, this means optimum confidence in buying stock from BCA. For vendors, the benefit is consistent appraisal of vehicle condition in advance of remarketing.

Vehicle Appraisal

The vehicles we offer come from known sources and their condition is graded. Most of the vehicles offered have a condition grade between 1 and 5 or unclassified. Cars have two separate grading systems depending on if they have been appraised or not. For further information relating to each grade select the vehicle type that interests you. The purpose of the appraisal is to identify and describe any interior and exterior defects on a vehicle; based on the severity of these defects the vehicle will be given a BCA grade. This is not a mechanical check.

Vehicles are checked using a standard viewing angle (SVA) at 2 metres, at 90 and 45 degrees - and not a bodyline check. Defects will be recorded, and significant defects will be imaged if visible in normal daylight. As part of the appraisal process we will provide images to support defects of significance, however, where a panel has a number of defects we may only record and image the most severe defect.  When assessing grades and appraisals, please satisfy yourself that you are content with the grading of vehicles and what the grading criteria refers to. Please note the individual Kipper view is there for guidance only and should be used in conjunction with written and photographic material when assessing a vehicle grade (please see the grading definitions below). BCA will do their utmost to capture all defects on the appraisal, but if any are missed, BCA will only entertain complaints where a re-examination reveals the grade to have changed

 

Definition of Defect Types

 

SMART (Small Medium Area Repair Technique) Repairs:

  • PDR – (Paintless Dent Removal)

  • Alloy wheel refurbishment

  • Minor paint repair (bumper corner, mirror, moulding etc)

  • Glass repair

  • Minor trim repair

  • Touch in type repair

Minor Body Shop Repair
A body panel which requires a complete repaint

Major Body Shop Repair
A body panel requiring a filler repair and complete repaint

Minor Parts
Included in this are minor interior trim items, body mouldings, wheel trims, badges etc

Structural Panels
Roof panel, Roof soft tops and rear quarter panels