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How the grading system works

This new grading system works on the same points based principals that SMA have been using for many years.


The process

  • Vehicles are inspected using an industry standard 2 meter arc appraisal.
  • This means inspectors will view the vehicle from a distance of 2 meters viewing each panel from a 45 degree angle through 90 degrees and round to the alternate 45 degree angle.
  • Any defects visible during the inspection are recorded, each defect receives a specific number of points based on the description and severity of the damage.
  • Once the inspection is complete, all the points are totalled and this total corresponds to a specific grade.


The allocation of grades is an automatic process and as such removes any subjectivity.


Introduction to SMA and NAMA
SMA Inspection reports
Take a look at the grades

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Our grading system is changing

NAMA grading has been developed to provide a long awaited industry standard grading scheme to be used across all auctions within the UK.

We have now introduced NAMA grading across our sites, and over the coming weeks you will notice more vehicles being offered for sale displaying a NAMA grade. These grades are easy to identify as they are 1,2,3,4,5 and U in place of the SMA grades A,B,C,D and E.

Please make sure you have familiarised yourself with the grades. We will still produce condition reports providing additional information for each vehicle as we always have.