Understanding Vehicle Paint Color
Why Auto Paint Color is Important
Research shows us that the color of your vehicle is important, but not really in the way that you may think. The bulk of the importance is attached to personal preference: what do you like the best? But when it comes to safety, keeping your vehicle clean, and resale value, there are some important aspects to keep straight.
Resale Value of Paint Colors
One of the biggest aspects in choosing a vehicle is how popular the color is. Auto manufacturers understand this, and they have done a lot of market research to discover the most popular colors. They then produce more vehicles in those particular colors than anything else.
It all depends on the type of vehicle too. For instance, you’d be hard pressed to find a minivan that is bright red or bright yellow. But if you look at sports cars, you find that many of them are exactly those colors. When it comes to trucks, most are going to be white. Sedans tend to be silver or black.
So, what does this mean for the resale value of your vehicle? It means if you have a popular color, it’s going to be easier to sell. If you have a lime green rig, you might have to lower your price, or hold off until someone else that love lime green comes along.
Safety Aspect of Your Vehicle
When it comes to our vehicles, we want to make sure that we have a safe ride. That’s why Big Sky Collision Center does more testing than the majority of auto body repair shops. We send you home with a vehicle that has been restored to full factory safety standards.
When you’re choosing a vehicle, there is one color that you may want to avoid. Black vehicles are 47% more likely to be involved in accidents than lighter colored vehicles. It makes sense because they’re simply harder to see. Other colors, like blue, dark green, and gray, are also more likely to be in an accident. So if you’re interested in the safest, avoid the darkest.
Understanding Paint and Insurance Rates
Here’s good news to anyone that has a vehicle: insurance companies don’t care what color it is. Think about when you bought your policy. Did the agent ask the color? Most of the time they don’t, and if they do it is simply so they have accurate records.
Instead, there are a bunch of other factors that go into your insurance rates including the make and model of vehicle and (most importantly) your driving record.
Keeping Things Clean
We all love to drive clean cars. A clean car is a safe car. That’s why Big Sky Collision Center offers auto detailing in Billings, MT. But there are times when you can’t quite make it in to have your rig detailed, and times when you can’t do it yourself.
Color matters when showing dirt. The two colors at the end of the spectrum, black and white, show the most dirt. Those in the middle, like beige, champagne, light gray, and silver, hide blemished, dirt, scratches, swirls, and the like better.
Auto Painting After an Accident
When it comes time to fix your vehicle after an accident, the color isn’t a big deal. Each vehicle has a particular code from the manufacturer that indicates the exact color needed. Our expert paint technicians blend the paint so that you can’t tell it was touched up.
If you have been in an accident, or if you just need to revitalize your vehicle, give Big Sky Collision Center a call at 406-259-6328 and we can get you scheduled to bring your vehicle to the best auto body repair shop in Billings.