|1980- | 1990- | 2000-|
October 1980Established the predecessor of USS Co., Ltd., Aichi Automobile General Services Co., Ltd., and adopted USS as the brand name.
August 1982Launched our first auction site, Nagoya, in Nawa-cho, Tokai, Aichi Prefecture. Conducted the first auto auction with 255 vehicles up for auction.
October 1982Introduced a POS bidding system for the first time in the Chubu region.
1984Our membership stood at 500 firms, with the number of POS seats rising to 248.
May 1987Began two-lane auctions at Nagoya auction site. Our membership soared to 1,500 firms, and the number of POS seats increased to 488.
1988With the expansion of the auction site, the number of POS seats rose to 570 (the largest in Japan).
|The first auto auction
There were 255 vehicles on offer in the first auto auction. A total of 280 auctioneers from Hokkaido down to Okinawa Prefecture, many more than expected, took part.
Used vehicle industry insiders took note when USS introduced the largest state-of-the-art equipment, featuring a POS bidding system, in the Chubu region.
The first auto auction
January 1990Opened the Kyushu auction site in Tosu, Saga Prefecture. Introduced two-lane auctions for the first time in the Kyushu region.
May 1994Opened the Tokyo auction site in Noda, Chiba Prefecture.
November 1994Opened the Kyushu Gold auction site in Tosu, Saga Prefecture. Renamed Kyushu as USS Kyushu First.
December 1994Established US Butsuryu Co., Ltd.
March 1995Changed the corporate name to USS Co., Ltd.
July 1995Launched Satellite TV Auto Auctions.
April 1996Relocated the Nagoya auction site to Shinpo-machi, Tokai, Aichi Prefecture.
July 1996Opened the Okayama auction site in Sanyo-cho, Akaiwa County (currently Akaiwa City), Okayama Prefecture.
November 1996Opened the Shizuoka auction site in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture.
March 1998Opened the Sapporo auction site in Ebetsu, Hokkaido.
November 1998Opened the West Tokyo auction site in Mizuho-cho, Nishitama County, Tokyo.
September 1999USS Co., Ltd. went public on the second section of the Nagoya Stock Exchange.
October 1999Opened the Gunma auction site in Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture.
November 1999Established USS CarbankNet Co., Ltd. (currently CARQUEST Co., Ltd.)
|The general view in the automobile industry was that "the used vehicle market had overtaken the new car market."
Held two-lane auctions in Kyushu for the first time
USS held the first two-lane auction site in Kyushu to meet the expectations of the local used vehicle industry. We secured 500 POS seats and a huge space to store about 2,000 vehicles. We took the first step toward nationwide operations.
Kyushu auction site opened
USS JAPAN TV Auction using digital satellite telecommunications started
TV auto auctions started with 800 high quality vehicles. USS introduced state-of-the-art technologies ahead of other companies to enable our members to take part in auctions from their workplaces. The convenience of this system helped boost our membership.
USS Nagoya auction site relocated to a newly built site; largest number of vehicles for auction in Japan
We amassed 4,485 vehicles to be put up for auction at the new auction site, a record for on-site auctions, and attracted 1,600 visitors.
New Nagoya site-
Cutting the tape at the opening ceremony
April 2000Turned Sarl Auto Auction Tohoku Co., Ltd. into a subsidiary (currently the Tohoku auction site)
December 2000USS Co., Ltd. listed on the first sections of both the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Nagoya Stock Exchange.
January 2001Relocated the Tohoku auction site to Shibata County, Miyagi Prefecture.
November 2001Opened the Osaka auction site in Nishiyodogawa Ward, Osaka.
October 2002Turned World Communications Co., Ltd. (currently R&W Co., Ltd.) into a subsidiary.
March 2003Opened the Fukuoka auction site in Chikushino, Fukuoka Prefecture.
December 2003Established Arbiz Co., Ltd.
February 2004Opened the Yokohama auction site in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
June 2004Opened the USS-R Nagoya auction site, in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.
October 2004Relocated the Tokyo auction site to Kimagase, Noda, Chiba Prefecture.
February 2005Turned RAA Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary USS Ryutsu Auto Auction Co., Ltd. into USS subsidiaries.
April 2005Turned Misawa Toyo Co., Ltd. (currently CAR QUEST Co., Ltd.) into a subsidiary.
May 2005Opened the USS-R Tokyo auction site in Noda, Chiba Prefecture.
September 2005Opened the Kobe auction site in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture.
March 2006Rebuilt the Osaka auction site.
Established USS Support Service Co., Ltd.
March 2007Turned KUA HOKURIKU Co., Ltd. (currently the Hokuriku auction site) into a subsidiary.
April 2007Merged Tokyo Auction Site and USS-R Tokyo Auction Site.
Turned Fujioka Interchange Auto Auction Co., Ltd. into a subsidiary.
Opened the Niigata auction site in Mitsuke City, Niigata Prefecture.
May 2007Opened the Fujioka auction site in Fujioka City, Gunma Prefecture, operated by USS Fujioka Co., Ltd.(currently USS Gunma Co., Ltd.)
January 2008Tokyo site introduced the first 10 lane-auction system for the first time in the auto auction industry.
April 2008Split the used car purchasing and sales business from CAR QUEST Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of USS, and transfer the business to World Automobile Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of USS.
May 2008The relocation of Ryutsu Auction site from Saitama to the former site for R-Tokyo.
March 2009Relocated west-Tokyo Auction Site to Iruma,Saitama Prefecture, and renamed Saitama Auction Site.
January 2010Merged Gunma Auction Site and Fujioka Auction Site.
September 2010Opened the Shikoku auction site, in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture.
February 2011Established USS Logistics Intenational Service Co., Ltd.
July 2011Merged Tokyo Auction Site and Ryutsu Auction Site.
|The number of vehicles put up for auction topped 2.90 million a year. With 18 auction sites across the country and a market share of 33.7% in the auto auction market, USS established itself as No. 1 in the industry.
(Results from January, 2009 to period of June)
Number of vehicles up for auction in USS Group growing rapidly
Pushing forward with recycling business to respond to a recycling society
In 2003, USS engaged in the recycling business by starting "reusable vehicle auctions," which handle old-model cars with high mileages.
Simultaneous ten-lane system used at Tokyo site for the first time in industry
The auto auction site is one of the biggest of its type in Japan. It takes only about 20 seconds on average for a vehicle to be sold through the auction, and the maximum number of vehicles put up for auction is about 20,000 per day.