Colour affecting resale value - Dan J
Here's one for you all which I can't find on old threads or from anywhere like Parkers price guide.

I have heard it mentioned several times in the past that car colour can and understandably affect resale value to a degree. Is there anywhere I can find out how this might be expected to affect the resale value on a new car I was contemplating? Being undecided over several colours I would just go for the one easiest to sell on at the end. For example, is it always best just to pick the more boring colours so a "trendy" colour doesn't devalue the car in a few years time?

Answers on a postcard please...
Re: Colour affecting resale value - honest john
Dead simple. If the car looks awful in the colour or if it looks just plain dull, don't buy it. If you're colour blind or don't trust your own judgement, buy one in silver.

Re: Colour affecting resale value - colin
Yep, trying to do a px I'm told by dealers that a white car (like my beloved Civic) is death on the forecourt. 'Course that might be just dealerspeak.

Having said that, a look at the colours available these days reveals that there are only very few solid colours offered. That neatly enables them to add £250 or so for metallics.
Re: Colour affecting resale value - Bob Jeffery
Some colours seem to be prone to fading more than others, like solid red or pale blue. I am sure there are others. Metallics are probably a better bet as they seem more robust, presumably due to having a clear lacquer overcoat.
Re: Colour affecting resale value - Andrew Hamilton
HJ covered this somewhere. Apparently Doom Blue refers to dealers problems on secondhand sales. I bought ex-PO van as red paint reduces auction price. In practice it is over the original white paint so effectively doubles paint thickness!
Re: Colour affecting resale value - Bill Doodson

I have never been one to bother at all with the colour of the car as long as it seemed to be "fit for purpose". Cack brown I have turned my nose up at. But silver, great, you dont have to wash the car from one year to the next.

Re: Colour affecting resale value - me
eveyone is buying silver at the moment, there must be a danger of a glut of silver secondhand cars sometime ? and this kind of logic just fuels it...

me i bought a new "doom blue" car because I LIKE IT IN THAT COLOUR, and really couldnt give a stuff about a few hundred quid when i come to sell it...

also paint colour often dictates interior colour, and i like my inside fabrics to be as dark as possible - which always rules out a whole host of colours

anyway, i usually go for a black car, but have recently been going through the rainbow so i dont get bored...
It has to be silver. - David Woollard
Yep we have discussed this at length and silver was the choice of the masses (and HJ) every time.

And sorry "me" it isn't a new thing risking a possible glut....silver has been a safe bet, new and used, for 30 years.

Re: Colour affecting resale value - Michael
agree with Bill, silver never looks dirty, dark blue or black never look clean.
Re: It has to be silver. - Rebecca
I always thought Doom Blue was the very specific Ford blue (picture a Fiesta Mk 1) have I got that wrong?

My pet hates of the moment are the new BMW gold colour (mine's silver!) and the new Ford metallic mint green. Yuk!
Re: It has to be silver. - Marc
That'll be "Aqua Frost" - looks better on the Mondeo than the Focus
Re: It has to be silver. - Colin M
Taking a look at the last 20 new cars I sold, the majority are in metallic black or a very dark (Audi "Ming" and "Moro") blue.

It seems every other car on the road is in that teutonic silver, so there will be a glut and punters hanging up when you tell them the only ones you have are in silver.

Talking of which, remember "Silver Fox". Peeled off my MKII Cortina like sunburnt skin.


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