How to Decide What Car Color Is Best for You

When faced with upgrading your car, you’ve got more than enough decisions to make. For instance, do you go with a compact car or compromise with a crossover? Do you buy or lease? Do you go with the standard model or take the upgrades? Chief among these decisions, however, is one choice that the whole world will see: the color of your car. Whether you’re picking out a new car or considering giving your current vehicle a new paint job, here are some factors to consider.

Dirt and the Wear and Tear Factor

Black and white rank among the top car colors, and for good reason. They’re neutral in tone, making them practical, inoffensive, and undistracting. However, there’s another reason you should go with black or white, and it’s not for purely aesthetic reasons.

The choice between black and white can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, black is less likely to show dirt, but on the other hand, white is less likely to show wear and tear like scratches, which is important if you plan on hand-washing your car. Can’t choose between the two? Then go with the middle ground, silver or grey, which rank just below black and white.

It Shouldn’t Be a Fashion Statement

Of course, you don’t have to pick your car’s color based on purely practical reasons. Many consider their cars to be an extension of themselves and their style, so they want to use their car to say something about their personality. In some cases, you might just want to pick your favorite color, whether it’s green or pink.

Besides dealership availability, there isn’t much stopping you from picking an unpopular color for your car. It is important to remember, however, that your choice will be a long-lasting one. Think of your car’s color not so much as a mood ring, but as a tattoo – is this color something you’ll still be happy with five years from now? Ten years from now? Fads come and go, and while you can have your car repainted, it will be somewhat costly.

Keeping in Mind Your Investment

Besides your own personal preferences, you might want to consider popular opinion as well. Again, little will keep you from going with neon orange, but you might have a difficult time finding willing buyers if you plan on selling your car later on (as you probably will). Having to take a price hit when selling, or worse, being stuck with a car you need to repaint, might not be worth the trouble.

Also important to remember is paint color availability. If you’re in an accident and your car’s passenger side door needs to be replaced, would your body repair shop be able to accurately replicate the paint job to match the rest of the car? While this shouldn’t be a problem for any regular paint coating, no matter the color, this difficulty can become a reality when dealing with more luxurious–and harder to duplicate–paint jobs.

Who would’ve thought so much effort can go into choosing a color? You might not always have that choice, but it’s nice to know your preference in advance. That way, if you ever do get the opportunity to choose your car’s color, the decision is an easy one to make.

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