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Should you buy a white car? The pros and cons

Once the reserve of vans, white is now the most popular car colour in the UKA report from the SMMT shows almost a quarter of new cars registered in the UK in 2014 were white. It comes in various guises – whether glacier, ice or ivory – and remains a popular choice for hatchbacks and supercars alike.

We’ve put together some pros and cons of buying a white car to help you decide whether to take the plunge. If you’re wondering about the different types of finish, check out our car paint types guide, then head to our new car deals page to make sure you get a great price on your new car.

Pros of white cars

Here are some pros you can expect if you decide to go for a white car…

It looks great

Whether you’re going for a Toyota Aygo or a Bentley Continental, you can be sure white will suit the car. Manufacturers often use white cars at motor shows to show off their new models and most cars are originally designed in white because it shows up any pre-production errors.

Higher residual values

Just like black and silver, white is a sought-after colour on the used market. This means when you come to sell it on or trade in, you should find your car’s value remains higher than more outlandish colours. While it’ll hold its value, you don’t always have to pay extra for it – lots of manufacturers offer white as a no-cost option.

It’s practical

White is among the best colours for reflecting heat. This means the cabin will be kept cooler in summer. It’s also better at hiding those small scratches picked up in car parks compared to darker coloured cars.

Cons of white cars

You might be dazzled by its appeal, but here are a few things to consider before setting your heart on white…

It doesn’t hide road dirt at all

If you cover a lot of miles, white isn’t a great choice. Like a clean sheet of paper, even the tiniest bit of muck or grime will immediately make itself obvious on a white car. If you’re going to get one, make sure you budget for very frequent car washes or face being ridiculed for your laziness.

Some are better quality than others

While white may appear as a no-cost option, that’s because it’s often cheaper than other colours to produce. Unless you opt for a metallic or pearlescent white, it might start to look tired unless you wash it regularly.

Everyone chooses white

If you’re an extrovert, you’ll want to consider a different colour. White might look fantastic, but that means lots of other buyers choose it, meaning your car won’t look as exclusive as it otherwise might be. A more adventurous colour choice can result in lower resale values, but at least you won’t be following the crowd.

Verdict – should I buy a white car?

Colour is a personal preference, but if you want a shade that’s likely to hold its value better than others, white makes a perfect choice. You’re guaranteed to look good whatever car you pick and hot summer days won’t put you off going for a drive.

On the other hand, white isn’t the most imaginative option and, however trendy it is, you’ll spend more time washing it than any other colour choice. Equally, if you want to stand out a little, a bolder colour choice can go a long way.

Save money on your next car

Whatever colour you go for, try out our new car deals page to see how much you could save on your next car. For more options, head over to our car chooser to narrow down your selection.

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