‘Blue is the colour’, according to AA members as it has overtaken silver as the most popular car colour choice.
These AA Cars survey results come from an AA Populus poll of 25,810 drivers.
AA members’ top choice of car colour for their next car was blue (21%) followed closely by silver (19%), black (18%), and red (14%).
Members aged 18-24 top choices are black (29%), blue (17%), and white (15%). Whereas, those aged 65 and over top choices are silver (24%), blue (20%), and red (15%).
Does your car colour matter?
Status: Some feel that black or white cars denote status whilst those with orange, yellow or purple cars are trying to be whacky.
Sale: When it comes to reselling the car there are now three clear contenders for most saleable colours – blue, silver and black. Sellers of purple or beige cars may struggle. Various police forces switched to silver cars a few years ago to cash in on better resale values. There is also evidence that two tone cars can struggle to sell.
Spick and span: One of the attractions of silver is the feeling that it is by far the easiest to keep clean or indeed appear to be clean. Black and white cars tend to show up the dirt.
Safest: AA members believe that lighter colours are the safest. Yellow, white and then red topped the poll for safety. In bad light some colours are easier to spot than others hence the importance of using your lights when visibility is poor. The AA uses yellow vehicles to enhance visibility of the patrols’ vehicles.
Sanest: A motoring psychologist has suggested that owners of beige or pastel coloured cars are more likely to suffer from depression. The happiest drivers have blue metallic cars. Owners of black cars try to top the pecking order whilst white car owners tend to be distant and aloof.
Suits: Some people argue that a certain colour may suit a particular model of car such as a red Ferrari or British Racing Green older MG. Others accept that more quirky cars (2CVs, Beetles) can get away with more exotic colours.
David Bruce, Director of AA Cars, said: “There has been no radical change in car colours over the last couple of years although we have seen a surge in red and white cars. When buying a used car you need to have a degree of flexibility in your colour choice but don’t make any rash judgments – it is you that will have to live with that purple or brown car. It is also worth thinking about resale values for nearly new cars.”