New research conducted by automotive intelligence expert EurotaxGlass’s has found that a white finish "remains a turn-off" for most used-car buyers.
EurotaxGlasss findings suggest that white examples of selected high performance models and vehicles with sports styling kits are now achieving trade-in values that compare favourably to those of identical cars finished in a popular metallic colour.
However, in most other cases a white paint finish results in a significant residual value penalty – as much as £5,000 off the trade-in price.
Richard Crosthwaite, prestige car editor at EurotaxGlasss, believes that white car values have always been supported by low levels of supply.
Mr Crosthwaite believes that it is "sensible" that some manufacturers are placing a five per cent limit on the number of new cars produced in white to protect second-hand values.
He said: "Our assessment is that, if supply increases significantly, or if white falls out of favour with fashion-conscious buyers, values could fall sharply, even on those sports derivatives where they currently perform well."
Written by Stephen Eagle