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Choosing Car Paint

Jul 31, 2008
Choosing a paint color for your automobile is much more then personal preference. There are some other things that should be taken into account. Some of these things include the type of car that you have, the cost, how a paint color affects your resale value and functionality. We will talk a little bit about each of these things below.

It is important to note that just because you like a color doesn't mean that it will look good on your type of car. Some colors just don't look good on certain types of cars. Now, of course, a lot of this is personal opinion, but it would you hard to imagine a BMW in a bright yellow color, it just wouldn't look good. Another thing to consider is cost. You may be able to secure a certain brand of base coat for around between $200 and $400 a gallon. Some colors are going to be a lot more expensive, and this includes custom and not custom colors. What you will want to do it is choose a color and then visit either an auto shop or paint store and see what your options are in terms of cost, color, partners and sealers.

Resale value is also a very important part of choosing a paint color for your car. If you want to have the best chance of being able to sell your car down the line, it is very important that you don't go with loud or odd colors that most people won't appreciate. So if you're considering re-selling your car down the line, be sure that you don't get trendy with car colors. This will increase your chances that your car will be easy to sell. Go with colors that are timeless.

There are also functional reasons to decide on a certain color. For example, you may want to hide or soften body lines on the car. You may also want a car that doesn't show dirt easily. Wanting your car to look larger or smaller may also determine what color of car you will choose. And while individuals who are car enthusiasts, may consider function more than simply liking a particular color, it should be important to everyone.

So when they are considering purchasing paint for their car, don't simply go with "well, I like this color." You should consider the cost of a particular color, the function of car, the type of car that you have, which may include make, model and body type. You also want to think carefully about how choosing a certain color will affect the resale value of your car. Remember to stay away from trendy colors because they will make it more difficult to resale your car later on. You will not want to have to pay for a new paint job on a car that you are looking to sale and no longer want. Therefore, take some time and put a little thought into the color you want your car painted. What may seem cool and trendy today could be a source of stress when you need to sale it or trade it in, a few years down the line.
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