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    iSeeCars: The Best and Worst Car Colors For Resale Value

    A new study from iSeeCars.com sheds light on how a vehicle's color can have a substantial impact on how quickly it loses value.   Its researchers found that the highest depreciating color loses nearly four times the value compared to the lowest. This makes car color an important consideration - especially for those who plan to sell their vehicle down the road.

    In its latest car color analysis, iSeeCars says it compared the prices of more than 650,000 recently sold three-year old used cars then determined the average three-year vehicle depreciation rate by car color.   

    In the table below, you'll see that bold colors - with a low market share - tend to hold their value best. Jewel tones also do fairly well because iSeeCars says they stand out without being flashy.  Common colors like Black, White and Silver depreciate at a rate close to average.  If you're worried about resale value, you'll probably want to steer clear of gold and brown, colors that depreciate far worse than average.

    Vehicle Depreciation by Car Color

    Vehicle Depreciation by Car Color (ranked by lowest to highest % depreciation) - iSeeCars

    Rank

    Color

    3-year % Depreciation

    $ Difference from MSRP

    Compared to Overall Avg

    1

    Yellow

    4.5%

    $3,155

    0.3x

    2

    Orange

    10.7%

    $3,825

    0.7x

    3

    Purple

    13.9%

    $5,461

    0.9x

    4

    Red

    14.0%

    $5,399

    0.9x

    5

    Green

    14.0%

    $5,596

    0.9x

    6

    Blue

    14.3%

    $5,582

    1x

    7

    Gray

    14.3%

    $5,635

    1x

    9

    Beige

    14.4%

    $5,960

    1x

    10

    Silver

    14.8%

    $5,499

    1x

    Overall Average

    15.0%

    $6,096

    1x

    11

    White

    15.5%

    $6,490

    1x

    12

    Black

    16.1%

    $6,993

    1.1x

    13

    Gold

    16.7%

    $6,719

    1.1x

    14

    Brown

    17.8%

    $7,642

    1.2x

     

    Overall, yellow is the vehicle color that holds its value best, depreciating 70 percent less than the average vehicle. It's among the least popular car colors - but you often find it on sports cars and low volume vehicles that typically hold their value relatively well.  Orange ranks second, for the same reason. iSeeCars says you often find it on special edition vehicles. 

    While yellow and orange hold their value higher, not all rare colors do.  iSeeCars's study found that low market share colors like brown and gold depreciate far worse than average. 

    Segment Data


    Car color depreciation varies by vehicle type.  iSeeCars analyzed the depreciation of each car color within the major vehicle segments.

    The colors that retain the BEST value by segment are:

    • Yellow- SUV
    • Beige - Truck
    • Purple - Sedan
    • Yellow - Convertible
    • Orange- Coupe
    • Green- Minivan

    The colors that DEPRECIATE the most by segment are:  

    • Brown - SUV
    • Green - Truck
    • Black -Sedan
    • Black- Convertible
    • White -Coupe
    • Red - Minivan

    For a complete breakdown of the data by segment visit iSeeCars.com. 

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