Best car colours

Find out the most popular car colours in the UK, and why the colour of your car matters

BuyaCar team
Apr 23, 2021

Picking the colour for your car might just be the second most important decision in the car buying process. Of course, picking the right car for you is the most important, but as much as we hate to admit it, the colour comes a pretty close second.

After all, you’ve got to look at it every day. Your car is waiting for you when you wake up in the morning, when you finish work, and it's still sat there waiting for you in the car park when you’re doing your weekly shop.

Firstly, you’ve got to pick a colour you like which suits the car. This is slightly more difficult if you're looking for a used car, because you have to work with what's available. But there is a huge selection of used cars on BuyaCar, so we're pretty sure you'll be able to find what you're looking for.

Of course, car colour trends change over the years just like everything else linked to taste and fashion, so you've got to pick something you're confident you'll still like in three or four years time.

Did you know that the most popular car colour of 1996 was actually green? In a rather shocking fall from grace the Green car only made up 2.0% of all new cars sold in the UK.

Most popular UK car colours

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  1. Black - 20.1%
  2. Silver - 17.6%
  3. Blue - 17.1%
  4. Grey - 15.2%
  5. White - 13.5%
  6. Red - 10.7%
  7. Green - 2.0%
  8. Orange - 0.7%

Best car colour for resale value

In general, plain colours like the ones in the top five of the above list hold their value better because more people are likely to buy them, giving a broader appeal when you’re trying to sell your car on.

You might think that resale value is irrelevant if you’re using finance rather than buying a car outright, but that might not be the case at the end of your finance contract.

A PCP finance contract will guarantee the value of the car at the end of the finance period, but it might not be as simple as that for customers who try to part-exchange their extravagantly coloured car at the end of their finance deal.

Philip Nothard, retail and consumer specialist at Cap HPI, a vehicle research company, said: ‘Car makers have got better at creating attractive car and colour combinations but there are still some poor ones that dealers need to take account of when valuing PCP part-exchanges.

'Dealers need to start taking account of the effect a poor colour has on the car’s future appeal and saleability, and factor that in when considering how much money over and above the car’s contracted value they are prepared to offer customers.’

This means that while you are guaranteed a price for your old car under the terms of a PCP deal, the additional allowance a dealer may offer to win your business on its replacement may be reduced if the dealer thinks its colour will affect their chances of selling it on.


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