Colour – something we all want in our lives – and when choosing your next car, it’s easy to get carried away with all the aesthetics and of course…the colour. However, choosing the wrong colour car may leave you with buyer’s remorse in the future.
Colin Morgan, director at used car retailer getWorth, says that cars are equal parts emotion and practicality. “If it will make a real difference to your enjoyment of the car, and you’re going to own it a while, then you should go with the option that makes you happy.”
However, he points out that you should buy with your eyes open and consider the following before signing on the dotted line:
- Maintenance and appearance: White and silver are more forgiving. They don’t show dust and micro-scratches to the same extent darker tones do. Less washing, less polishing, less fading. In wet weather, though, road dirt and mud show up more against the lighter colours, so there is some balance.
- Visibility: Lighter colours are statistically safer because they stand out better against the road, scenery and other traffic.
- Cost and availability: Metallic paint on new cars is often charged extra. If you’re very particular about colour when buying, you limit your options and might end up paying more than a comparable neutral colour.
- Repair: Matching and blending of colours by a panel beater takes a higher level of care and skill than a uniform white or silver. There is a higher risk of a repair not being up to scratch.
- Resale value: The pool of buyers for more popular colours is larger, which normally means a stronger resale value. (According to Data Company, Lightstone, white and silver are the most popular colours making up almost two thirds of new cars bought in 2017). There have been definite trends in the data where certain colours are penalised in their resale price – this is particularly true of more unusual colours, such as bronze or bottle green.