According to Glass’s Information Services, the typical premium of £500 a UK new car buyer pays for a good metallic colour on a new car, can one year later be worth £1000 over a less popular metallic shade, or £2000 over the corresponding flat colour.
The gulf is even wider where sports and convertible models are concerned, where the differential can be as much as £4000 – a staggering 800% return on investment.
Silver is the most popular colour choice of all, followed by metallic blue, black and grey. The least popular metallic hues are red, green, gold/brown and any garish shades, such as yellow. For a decade, metallic paint of one sort or another has been the most popular new car option of all.
Glass’s specialist car editor, Richard Crosthwaite said: “Of course, trim and specification choices have an equally important role to play. A light trim will generally be more saleable on a car with dark metallic body colour, while climate control has become an essential feature on prestige used cars.