These Are the Hardest Car Colors to Maintain

The color of your vehicle should be a strong consideration during the car buying process. However, some are harder to live with than others. According to KBB, your car’s color can have a massive effect on both your resale value and your ownership experience. A color that is both popular and easy to clean makes care a breeze and helps the value of your ride. Conversely, a harder color to maintain will likely show more wear over time, and at the best be difficult to maintain. Ideally, it’s best to find the latter. Bearing that in mind, this is a list of the colors best left for others.

Orange cars hide filth and stick out at a cost

An orange Nissan 350Z
Nissan 350Z | National Motor Museum via Getty Images

Color is all about personal preference. However, some cars just look right in certain colors. Ferraris for example. Red paint on a Ferrari is called “resale red” for a reason. Speaking of hues of red, that brings us to orange cars. If you want to be seen, an orange car is just about as loud as it gets, even in the muted shade shown above. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the hardest car colors to maintain.

This is due in large part to, you guessed it, color. Lighter colors show dirt, dust, and grime. They’ll also show any micro-scratches caused by anything from car washes to your keys. There are corrective processes to help bring back the shine of orange paint, but those can often be time-consuming, expensive, or both. Bearing that in mind, it’s best to start with an orange car with good-looking paint from the get-go. It’ll be less work to maintain that than to fix it.

Green is one of the hardest car colors to maintain

Brighter colors like this green Lamborghini are some of the hardest car colors to maintain
Green and orange Lamborghinis | Martyn Lucy via Getty Images

Our next candidate is green. Green cars can certainly stick out, like the Lambo above. Or, they can blend in. Fans of British Racing Green will know what I’m on about. So, best to pick a shade of green based on what you want out of your vehicle. Darker shades will hide imperfections and grime better, but they’ll show those fine white scratches a lot more than a bright shade.

However, if a bright shade of green is what you want, be prepared to pay for it. Bright green is often found on high-end exotics and sports cars. There are some exceptions, like newer Volkswagen Golf R models. Just know that green paint will show structural imperfections particularly well, and finding touch-up paint to repair or correct any damage can be a difficult task.

Blue can be difficult but worth the extra work

A blue Audi E-Tron SUV
A blue Audi E-Tron | Chris Jackson via Getty Images

Blue is perhaps the safest color on this list. But, and it’s a big “but”, it can be harder to maintain than either of the colors on this list depending on the shade. As with green, light shades and dark shades have similar pros and cons. Once again, it’s best to start with a good condition paint job if you want to live in a blue world. The upshot of blue paint is its phenomenal resale value. There’s a reason blue Subaru Impreza WRX models command a premium. Bearing this advice in mind, make sure to choose the color you want above all else. Money is great, but the experience you have with a vehicle is golden. Make sure you turn around and look at yours when you’re walking away.

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