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The Myths on Car Colours, Fact or Fiction?

When purchasing a car the colour is probably the last thing you think about but, if you choose the ‘wrong’ colour you may lose money if you ever try to sell. According to research completed by AA only 1% of men and 3% of women believe colour is important when picking a new car.

Henry Ford famously stated that the Model T is available in 'any colour so long as it's black', but today of course you can get virtually any colour you like.

For the past 10 years Metallic Paint has been the most popular optional add on, it doesn’t just look good, it can also increase the value of your car in the long run when you try to sell it. According to Glass’s Information Services it may cost you an extra £500 at the start but it can increase the value of your car £2000 more than a flat finish vehicle. The additional finish aside here are some car colour facts.


According to SMNT, new car registration figures show that white has been the most popular new car colour for the past three years. In 2015 over 20% of new cars were white, 10 years ago only 1% of new cars were white. But do white cars have a down side? The RAC Foundation released a survey showing that white cars are more likely to be stolen than any other colour. This is due to its fast reselling value and that fact that a white car is the easiest to spray a new colour.


During the early 2000s, silver was the most popular new car colour, now it is just over 10%. The British Medical Journal cited a study in 2004 that found silver and white cars are the least likely to be involved in an injury-causing accident. White and silver are also the cleanest car colour because most dust and dirt is a light colour so doesn’t show up as well on a light car compared to a dark coloured one.


The colour that has the most myths. Ronaldo’s famous crash in his red Ferrari sparked rumours that red drivers are most likely to crash although this is still just a myth as there has yet to be any evidence to support it. If it was the case then there would be lots of crashes with fire engines, buses and postal cars which there is not. Another myth for red cars is that their insurance is higher, this is also incorrect, insurers do not charge more for red vehicles. The final story is red cars are most likely to be pulled over by police, this again has no evidence or study to back it up.


The classic British racing green has been the default colour for genuine British classics since Bentleys LeMans in the `20s followed by Aston Martin, Lotus and the most popular Jaguar. Although some people believe green is an unlucky colour for a car that is just peoples beliefs, it is no more unlucky than any other colour.


According to the auction house BCA, dark blue is the most popular second-hand colour for cars.


Finally yellow, this surprisingly has no myths to go with it although it is said to provoke witty violence for other drivers passing by with the ‘Yellow Car Game’ – when a yellow car is spotted they punch the person next to them.  

posted by: Abigail Lavallin 24 August 2016