posted 4 years ago

‘White cars’ top of the charts

A recent study by CAP has revealed that white cars now hold around 5% more of their value than the market average for a typical used car

A recent study by CAP has revealed that white cars now hold around 5% more of their value than the market average for a typical used car; this is a complete turnaround from the days when dealers used the name “60 day white” to reflect the tendency of white cars to outstay their welcome on the forecourt. Generally white cars were fleet cars and were not considered a choice when purchasing a new car. This resurrection of white cars means that a typical white model can be worth several hundred pounds more after 3 years than an otherwise identical blue one.

CAP analysed the trade market performance of hundreds of thousands of vehicles over 5 years and found that, for mainstream vehicles, white was consistently the top performer. The analysis also revealed that green remains relatively unpopular in the used car market and that the colour most likely to cost owners heavily in depreciation was purple.

CAP Chief Editor Chris Crow said “it is white cars which outperform the whole market beating other widespread colours, like blue, by up to 6% and green by up to 8%, depending on colour-type and condition. The lesson for motorists is, when you’re choosing the colour of your new car consider how it will look to prospective buyers when you come to sell it as a used car. Of course, it works the other way too, for the used car buyer there are real bargains to be had if you pick a less popular colour because most of the depreciation has already occurred and you could save serious cash.”

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Really??? I dont think so. I just bought a 6mth old white car with £500 off, salesman said due to colour "SO last year" as ppl realised what a pain it is to keep clean. However. Am well happy with the saving plus dont really mind washing it cos good exercise :D

Ive had just about every colour of car over the years, but white seems to hide the muck better than any other apart from silver - (although you wouldnt think it should). Maybe this AND fashion has something to do with it. Black was the worst and Red goes Pink!

I believe that many local councils are now making it compulsory that taxis have to be white,which is increasing the sales figures and not the popularity of the colour itself.

I think white will run it's course just like silver Did in the late 90's to early 00's, Black is the best colour if you can keep on top of the cleaning it needs.