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Should you buy a black car? The pros and cons

We answer your most pertinent motoring questions.

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BLACK IS ONE of the most popular colours for cars around the world, and is the third most popular colour after white and silver in Ireland.

It is a popular choice for some of the most luxurious motors as it associated with power, ambition and wealth. Just think how many Roll-Royce cars and limos are black. Car manufacturers love to capitalise on the popularity of black cars by bringing out special ‘black’ and ‘night’ editions of models – as they know they will sell.

The problem with black cars is they can be quite seductive to buyers. So to help you make a decision with your head and not your heart, here are some pros and cons of choosing black when you buy.

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Visual appeal

A shiny, new, well-detailed black car looks stunning and dramatic. They appear immaculate and flawless – black can really make a car pop and highlight all the curves, creases and contours. From supercars to superminis, pristine black cars look awesome. Fact.

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High resale values

Black is a popular colour for used cars. Last year 22% of cars sold on DoneDeal were black. Being an in-demand colour (currently it is the second most popular car colour in the world) this means black cars usually have higher residual values.

Eh, that’s about it. Did we mention they look mega?

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It will break your heart

Black cars seem to attract more dust and bird poop than any other colour. Your black car will look sexy AF for 60 seconds after your meticulous hand wash and then it will go back to looking manky. No matter what you do to protect your car the dust will just keep coming and the birds will just keep circling. It may make you cry.

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It will drain your resources

As George Harrison sang about maintaining his black car “it’s gonna take plenty of money, to do it right child. It’s gonna take time, a whole lot of precious time. It’s gonna take patience and time”, to wash and wax and shine. Or something along those lines.

It will get you hot and bothered

Black is literally the hottest colour as it retains heat and spreads it across the whole car and into the cabin. On that one day in July when we do get a bit of heat in Ireland you will get blisters from your steering wheel and you will lose a layer of skin when you get out of those leather seats. You car will smell of frying bacon and you’ll look like you’ve been for a sauna when you get out of your hot dusty black motor.

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Did we mention it will break your heart?

Every paint flaw and scratch will show up and dance in front of you and taunt you. Underneath that fabulous black paint job is a white base coat and do you know what scratches cars? Everything. Even those tears of yours dripping onto the bonnet will leave a mark.

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So, we hope that made your car buying decision a little easier. If not, just go with your heart and buy the car you really really love. Just make sure the car comes with lots of tissue to wipe away the sadness.

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