The colour of your 4WD is important – we all want our rigs to look good.
Typically we’ll end up with the colour that first grabs our attention on display at the dealership; or the one that you just couldn’t take your eyes off parked next to you on the freeway traffic jam; or the one that you saw fully sending it on the beach in Jurien Bay.
What colour 4WD you go for is such a personal choice, and sometimes we can tend to place a little more importance on it than it deserves. At least relative to other important 4WD considerations.
1. The Australian Heat
The Australian heat can really have a toll on your offroad vehicle.
White, or a pearl derivative of white, is often considered as it’s not going to bake in the hot Australian sun, causing the interior to feel like everything has melted. Nowadays there’s a pretty easy fix for that though - windows and air-cons.
Despite how good air-conditioners are now, seeing black 4WD’s on our roads really does make me wonder what was going through the minds of these individuals when THAT decision was made.
Still, they do have a presence about them, maybe that’s the statement being made. Adding those roof racks and bullbars just makes it look even more majestic. Even though a black car, especially a big 4WD, in the Australian sun does seem strange, the choices in new car colours are quite limited. Over time, we’ve observed the consistency of 4WD colours in Australia, with versions of white, silver/grey, black, blue, the odd brown and reds dominating the market (including the omnipresent burnt orange – quintessentially Australian).
Apart from personal preference, what another factor could come into play when considering what colour 4WD is for you? Scratches.
Scratches are inevitable, no 4WD accessories can help with it.
Trying for a colour that doesn’t show scratches as clearly is a rational consideration. Lots of people believe that white (or similar) is the best shade for reducing the visual impact of light scratches. This is only really a consideration for the city 4WD.
If we’re talking about an off-road vehicle, and you plan on taking it across sand dunes, through the bush and over rocky terrain, around the outskirts of Perth, scratches are inevitable! So, why not get your beast out in the bush, get it on some narrow tracks, and listen to the delightful sound of vegetation on painted metal surfaces, as your vehicle fends off scratches where it can, and otherwise accepts them as normal wear and tear. You’ll really look like a 4WD enthusiast then.
What colour 4WD do you have? Is it a city or off-road rig? We’d love to know more about your 4WD. Share a picture of it with us via Instagram and #roadcruza to make sure we see it.
Feel free to share why you chose the colour of your 4WD… especially if it’s not your favourite colour.