All About the Car Colour

All About the Car Colour

by Jonathan Clensy |
posted 10 June 2017

A new report by mycarcheck.com has revealed the top five most popular car colours in the UK when it comes to buying or selling a used car. They’re results also revealed that two-tone cars are more likely to be stolen.

Red was once a sure-fire certainty to feature in the top colour choices, for its bright and striking colour, but it now seems to be a definite no-no along with green, gold and brown, and the more garish shades like yellow, purple and fluorescent orange. We can agree with some of the colour choices, but who doesn’t love a gold car?!

The top five mycarcheck.com choices in reverse order are: in fifth place – Grey, in fourth – White. Taking third spot is Blue with, somewhat ironically, Silver in the runner-up spot. The winner is Black. Mycarcheck.com holds comprehensive data on every vehicle on UK roads with information coming from the police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses, so they know what they’re talking about when it comes to vehicle colours.

Gavin Amos, head of valuation services at mycarcheck.com, said: “The top five colours were all about average in terms of write-off, finance and stolen risks, but two-tone cars were significantly more likely to be stolen.” The main reason seems to be that sporty models, which tend to have two-tone colour schemes are more targeted by thieves.

“In the new car market,” adds Amos with an eye to the future, “white has been the top colour for a while, and grey is also on the up, so it will be interesting to see if these trends are replicated in the used car market over the next couple of years.”

It was Henry Ford who once reportedly said "You can have any colour you want, so long as it's black." Of course, times have changed since the first Model T motor car rolled off the production line back in the day. But, it seems that old Henry’s attitude is still very much apparent in the 21st century, but who knows what the future has in hold for car colours, opinions do change all the time.


Jonathan Clensy
Jonathan Clensy

Jonathan is part of the web development team at Money4yourMotors. With almost 20 years development knowledge he is closely involved with our on-going suite of website upgrades designed to give the best possible user experience to all our customers.