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Car Color Considerations

Posted April 09, 2018 10:00 AM by dstrohl
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Have you ever noticed that certain exterior colors draw you in and command your attention more than others offered for your favorite cars? Since these preferences vary widely among buyers, most vehicles of yesteryear were offered in an array of hues. Some were even special-order and/or extra-cost.

The one that looks just right to each of us is, of course, a personal choice. Maybe you prefer a shade that you feel enhances any make. Or you may recall a certain model in a specific hue that you have warm memories of. Consequently, every time you see that combination, you feel nostalgic. Some owners say that they were enticed by the color of their cars, because the manufacturer used the same one in its advertising and/or dealer brochure that year. Or, possibly, you believe that a particular shade better accentuates the vehicle’s body lines when compared to the others.

What color of car best suits you?

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04/09/2018 2:13 PM

Well, it is said that red cars get more than their share of speeding tickets. However, snopes.com/ disputes this. Red cars get about the expected amount, 14% of cars are red and get 16% of the speeding tickets, whereas gray cars only make up 6% of the population and get 10% of the speeding tickets. You best bet is to buy a silver car which make up 10% of the population and get 5% of the tickets.

I would have thought that blue would be a good color, having a calming effect on the police officer.

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04/09/2018 2:33 PM

I have been preferential to Salt Grey with accents of Mud Brown and Rust Orange for my cars.

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04/09/2018 6:13 PM

Complementary colors. A good, practical choice.

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04/09/2018 10:51 PM

At times I have wished I could get a car painted the color of dirt. This way I could wash it once a year and the other 364 it would look nice.

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04/10/2018 1:19 PM

I never wash my car. I figure that the dirt and crud is all that is holding it together.

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04/10/2018 4:09 AM

I've always bought used cars, the colour has been the last consideration, if the car was good then the colour was OK.

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04/10/2018 7:29 AM

I like green and there are very few choices other than the corporate : White, Grey, silver, black. Primary colors are few and far between. Oddly it seems that all brands share the same shade of yellow on vans, trucks and some cars. Just saying, enjoy Woody

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04/10/2018 12:05 PM

Our neighbor bought a new Dodge truck, same color as the one below, maybe 8 years ago. The paint is crap.

Now it looks like this one. I see this poor quality paint on many Chrysler Corp. vehicles. Ugly faded patches of clear coat (I guess) all over them.

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04/10/2018 2:22 PM

Back around 2000 I picked up a used '90's Plymouth Neon real cheep. It ran great, but the paint (white) was peeling off the body; not just flakes, but in big sheets. The car looked like it had leprosy. When I would go to a shopping plaza nobody would ever park next to it for fear that it was contagious.

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04/11/2018 12:45 PM

My father had a blue-car theory: blue cars last longer and give the owner less trouble than other car colors. I owned navy blue cars for a cumulative total of 20 trouble-free years, and my mother's Camry lasted at least 20, but she didn't drive it that much the last few years she owned it. My sister's Ford Escort had way over 200K miles on it when it finally died last year.

I've also known non-blue cars that are equally reliable, so I'm not convinced that color is the best predictor. I switched to silver 6.5 years ago, though, and I've already put two axles in my Forester. And acquired numerous dents not of my own making except for the one the Canada goose caused.

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04/11/2018 12:58 PM

I owned a '72 Vette coupe that came from the factory the same blue as the one in the photo. The one in the photo is a 69, I think. It was repainted white when I got it in 1986. Maybe that broke the "blue" spell. Except for the AC I never had major problems with it.

Like someone else said, I buy used, so any color, except black, is OK with me. The gold Ford I dive has 206,000 miles on it and has been trouble free except for intake manifold and radiator (both plastic) replacement and complete AC replacement. Most reliable vehicle I've ever owned.

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