Hobbies Cars & Motorcycles Understanding the Condition Rating System Share PINTEREST Email Print Benn Mitchell/Getty Images Cars & Motorcycles Cars Classic Cars Buying & Selling Basics How Tos Reviews Tools & Products Exotic Cars Corvettes Mustangs Tires & Wheels Motorcycles Used Cars SUVs Trucks ATVs & Off Road Public Transportation By Tony and Michele Hamer Tony and Michele Hamer are long-time classic car hobbyists. They own a body shop and specialize in building and renovating classic cars. our editorial process Tony and Michele Hamer Updated March 06, 2017 There are many different condition rating systems to ascertain the market value for a classic car. These rating systems not only affect the price of the car but also estimate the amount of work and expense required to restore it. Rating systems will only consider the interior, exterior, rust and mechanics of the car. Desirability and rarity won't be a factor in the car’s condition or affect the condition rating. Car Condition Ratings: 100 Point System Two of the most frequently used are the 100 point system or the Six Categories of Condition. The 100 Point System is based on this scale:100 = PERFECT A professional nut and bolt restoration complete and perfect in all aspects or a vehicle in absolutely perfect original condition. The interior and exterior details and condition of the car are usually better than when it came off the production line90 = EXCELLENT A very well or superior restoration, or a car in an excellent original condition that would be near flawless.80 = FINE A Completely operable vehicle that is possibly an older restoration or an original car that shows minimal wear. This rating would be considered “show” quality.70 = VERY GOOD A nice, complete car, possibly an older restoration that might be showing signs of age. This rating might be used for a well cared for daily driven vehicle.60 = GOOD A drivable vehicle that does show wear and may need minor mechanical work or cosmetics. This would be considered a mildly restorable vehicle with no major flaws.50 = DRIVER A daily driver that is a completely functional car in good driving condition. It will have several flaws but is running and fair cosmetically.40 = RESTORABLE This vehicle would need restoration of the motor, body, interior and/or chassis. A car in this class should be more or less complete and not require a tremendous number of parts.30 = PARTIAL This is a car that would require an extensive restoration and a significant amount of parts and labor. This class of car will be a very time consuming and costly restoration.20 = PARTS CAR This class of car is an un-restorable parts vehicle which would not worthy of a complete restoration. These cars are sometimes called “rust buckets” or "basket cases". Six Category System If you are reading a car review or attending an auction that uses the six category system, it is easily translatable from the 100 point system. Category 1 would be a 90 + point car Category 2 would be an 80 - 89 point car Category 3 would be a 70 - 79 point car Category 4 would be a 60 - 69 point car Category 5 would be a 40 - 59 point car Category 6 is any car under a 40 point car When you are looking for the classic car of your dreams, using this rating scale will help you determine how many "points" your checkbook can afford along with these tips to determine the market value of a classic car.