Car Colours

It’s never an easy thing to choose a car colour! You need to factor in both personal preference and also potential resale value of your car in the future.

In the UK in 2018, the most popular colours (in order of popularity) were grey, black, white, blue and red. In the previous 3 years to this, black, grey and white always feature in the top 3 colours, so it seems are likely to remain for many years to come.

It’s worth choosing a popular colour as these colours tend to hold their value best. The more obscure and rare a colour is the lower the future value of the car may be and/or the longer it may take to sell. The exception is some premium colours on specific high-end cars, which some buyers will pay a premium for.

Aside from the colours, you also need to consider the finish – whether you go ordinary, metallic or pearlescent. These typically have some additional cost when purchasing a car, but this is usually also reflected in the value you get when you sell or trade-in your vehicle.

Another point to consider is how easy it is to keep clean! Black as an example looks great when clean but is one of the worst colours to show dirt. Darker colours such as black also scratches and swirl marks (which can occur when cleaning) more easily. Mid-tone colours typically show the dirt least and grey in particular hides the dirt and muck.

Some people also factor in safety when choosing a car colour. Statistical studies have been carried out which show that darker cars are more likely to be involved in accidents. Lighter coloured cars such as white therefore thought to be safer as they are less like to be involved in an accident.

Finally, some paint colours suit specific types of cars (such as a city car, family hatchback, SUV or convertible) better than others. So, when considering the colour, always try to view or look for photos of your car in that colour to check you’re happy with how it looks.

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