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Posted: 08/29/21 01:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Why not buy the color you like vs. the color the next guys likes. Are you buying for you or me.


He is buying it for the next guy as he says.
One year will pass quickly.


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fj12ryder wrote:

...Seems like now isn't the best time to buy a new truck and plan to make money when you sell it in a year or so. I always thought the idea was to buy low and sell high, not vice versa. [emoticon]


I have the opportunity to buy low. I do not think prices will drop in the next year.


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Color can make a HUGE difference in the interior temperature of a vehicle. In the '90s, I was friends with the sales manager at a large automotive dealership in Augusta, GA. One of their technicians did a little test one sunny, summer Georgia afternoon. He "borrowed" two calibrated HVAC test thermometers from the HVAC tech. He place them in two identical new trucks sitting next to each other on the lot... except - you guessed it - one truck was black and the other one white. At the end of an hour, he retrieved the thermometers and the interior of the black truck was 40F hotter than the interior of the white truck. That's a significant difference and can dramatically increase the amount of time the AC compressor has to run to cool the interior (and how long it takes to cool down when you first get in the vehicle).

Accident statistics also show that red vehicles are at a 7% higher risk of being involved in an accident while white vehicles have the lowest accident rates. Attorneys and psychologists will argue whether the increased risk is based on scientific factors or it's related to the personality types of some people who buy red vehicles...

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Dadoffourgirls wrote:

fj12ryder wrote:

...Seems like now isn't the best time to buy a new truck and plan to make money when you sell it in a year or so. I always thought the idea was to buy low and sell high, not vice versa. [emoticon]


I have the opportunity to buy low. I do not think prices will drop in the next year.


Vehicle prices are at an all time high due to the chip shortage. People are selling used trucks for more than they paid for them 2-3 years ago. Unless this chip shortage lasts another year, all those new trucks sitting waiting for chips will flood the market and dealers will go back to dealing vs selling at 2nd sticker plus. Good luck with resale. Plan to take a hit, on this and the trailer.

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Heat wise, the best colors are light. White, silver, platiunum, champagne, powder blue, etc. Yes, they do keep the car cooler.

Red, black and blue are the three non-heat refecting colors that are most popular.

Any of the above will resell fine. If it's on the lots as new, it's because it is acceptable to the most number of people. Meaning customers won't necessarily love it, but they will buy it. The more unique colors are either a love or hate response - only a few people will love it and the majority will hate it.

Personally, after my last SUV being a silver shade, I will not get another. It's so easy to lose it in a crowded parking lot.

The one vehicle I regret not buying was a bright yellow pickup. Years later and it stills stands out in my mind as a great looking truck.

Of course, you could use my grandfather's logic: buy a brown car, it won't show the dirt.


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I think he was looking on advice on colors, not the economy and supply chains [emoticon]. I think the shortages will be here next year as well but I also think that because of the shortages, colors will not matter.


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Lighter colors are better to help keep it cooler but not white...which will show every spec of dirt.

Currently, we have a light brown (I think ford calls it champagne.) Works pretty good as a nice compromise as a little dusty/dirty doesn't show up but no where near as hot as black.


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Some of the sites for pricing used vehicles factor in the color. I think that KBB is one of them. You might see what they say about it.

I like brighter colors or daytime running lights for visibility. Just a few days ago I was on a two lane road with heavy tree cover and the dark cars without lights were much harder to see. I like to be seen by others for safety reasons.

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valhalla360 wrote:

Lighter colors are better to help keep it cooler but not white...which will show every spec of dirt.

Currently, we have a light brown (I think ford calls it champagne.) Works pretty good as a nice compromise as a little dusty/dirty doesn't show up but no where near as hot as black.

Let go really off topic. White trucks do not show dirt.
That why you see so many white work trucks. Yes they are dirty but they don't show it. I've had several white work trucks and at this point I would not have any other color in a work van.
If you look closely, sure you see the dirt. But if the truck pulls into your driveway and the technician gets out you will not notice the filthiness of the white van. It will be dirty, but it will be a dingy white vs. a clean shiny white. In short in does not show the dirt.


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Yes color matters! In a large HD truck, white or silver best choice for resale! A car, smaller suv, bright colors are great, and don't jump! A big black truck can be great, for a person who enjoys washing/waxing, and parks in the shade.

Jerry





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