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Trends in car colour

Trends in car colour

Posted On 04 Oct, 2014

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Choosing your next car’s colour is an exciting part of the purchase process. There are some obvious cost implications, for example chrome and exotic finishes are pricier. But choice can be driven by other elements.

Recently, in the UK at least, black and silver have been top of the colour list. The data suggests that these tones have held the top spots since 2008.

However, coming in close behind are less obvious shades including red, grey, blue and orange. Yellow, unsurprisingly, gets a look in, as does more controversially, beige.

The shade of second hand car you go for depends on the make. There’s nothing more incongruous than an expensive sports car decked out in beige. Virtually every car looks cool in black; that’s why it consistently tops the colour chart.

It seems colour is something to think about for new car buyers too; it drastically affects the onward value of used cars. Once again, the ubiquitous silvers and blacks are easier to sell on and hold their price better.

Sneakily though, this means that if you can handle being spotted in a less fashionable colour, you could reap the rewards in your wallet. More exotic shades like green or orange are likely to be cheaper in used markets.

Having said that, an orange Ferrari might hold up value well. But it would still likely go for less than a red original. This shows how certain cars are associated with certain tones.

White remains another top choice among the used car market. This shows up dirt more readily, but it’s a great visibility option, and one that’s popular if you’re safety conscious.

A couple of years ago, Fleet News said colours like maroon and green are the kiss of death, noting white used cars hold about 5% more of their value. A turquoise finish could lose the original owner some 6% of market value.

This makes colour a cost, as well as a fashion. With Hertz Rent2Buy you can check out a wide range of colours. Find that perfect shade for your car!

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