Metallic blue is replacing silver as the most popular colour on Britain's roads, according to vehicle resale specialist Vehicle Remarketing Solutions.

This year has seen a shift in the most popular choice of colour with metallic blue vehicles becoming the most requested by dealers.

A spokesman said: "Fashion changes in colour don't happen very often and dealers need to consider what is the current vogue to ensure that vehicles retail quickly. It has become clear that, given the choice, dealers are choosing blue vehicles first."

Mid to light metallic blues are proving popular colours including, Vauxhall's prestige blue, platinum or nautical blue from Renault and Ford's tonic blue. The right colour can command a small premium and will ensure a quicker sale, the company said.

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