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Old Yesterday, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I like silver because it hides dust and scratches well, it also isn’t quite as hot in the sun. My previous car was a dark blue metallic and I loved the color, but it showed fine scratches so badly that it only looked good after a buffing and glazing. Darker colors are certainly high maintenance.
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Old Yesterday, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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I own a midnight blue metallic car right now and it’s my favorite color I’ve ever had.

I’ve owned 2 black cars, 2 silver, 1 dark gray, 1 white, 1 burgundy, and 1 tannish-silver (I think it was called Pewter or Tungsten).

Silver was the easiest to keep clean, black looked the best when clean (but never was), white was the coolest in summer (hated it in winter with road grime and salt). The blue is easier to keep clean than black (on par with dark gray) and looks fantastic when clean in the sun.
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Old Yesterday, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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A lot depends on where you live. Here in Florida, with the hot sun beating down 12 months a year, white cars tend to be cooler and the paint lasts longer. Colors like red turn pinkish, and silver cars tend to have the clear coat break down and peel. White cars tend to look clean longer between washings. One of my cars is black, and it shows dust the second I uncover it and drive it. My white cars tend to get dirty, but it doesn't show as much.
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Old Yesterday, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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I'm not impressed with some of the new flashy colours like lime green, pastel purple or even that burnt orange. You either love them or not.

Car colours often are climate specific. Here in the Northeast we have alot of black cars while in the South white and silver are popular and that of course is due to the heat. The most popular colours on the roads near me seem to be black, grey and white.

We bought a new Jeep Grand Cherokee a few years back and I wanted the dark red but my wife wanted black, guess which we went with and guess who gets to work to keep it clean.. The default factory interior colour was black we had to search around for the optional tan interior. The black on black was like a coffin. Most of the Jeeps on the lot were black.



My truck is toreador red with silver and my Cobra is a dark purple with silver stripes but I would consider getting a silver truck if I was in the market. I do like happy colours.



I think most modern cars are boring and they get the boring colours.
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Old Yesterday, 08:28 AM
 
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I have white now because I live in the south and don't want a black or one of the various versions of dark gray on the market. GM has to have some of the most color blind designers ever because their color choices are so bleeeeek. My favorite colors are a bright blue or forest green and for years even their blues and greens, what few they had, were just one shade away from black.

I really wish they'd go back to two tone paint jobs. Saw a current Chevy pickup that someone had customer painted in 70's two tone and it was really beautiful. These monochromatic one track designers need to go.
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Old Yesterday, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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Apparently, for some years now the most popular car color in the US (also mostly everywhere else too) is white, followed by black, gray and silver. Is that because consumers are a bit shy of flashy things and tend to play it safe when and if they are buying a new car?
That trend has persisted over the years. Meaning the likelihood of a flood of more adventurous colors on the market is not great, hence, the rarer it is, the higher price tag it can command?
What is the deal? Is it because everyone is just in a really cranky mood and just doesn’t feel like happy colors?
There used to be some pretty spectacular car colors around the turn of the century.

What (not so popular car color) you find most beautiful?
I've found the above an interesting subject for some years now, and varied in my opinion. I've owned many vehicles since age 16, motoryccles and cars.

If you're in an elevated position over a car lot, mentally grab a group and count:

- Actual colors, other than black, white, and obvious metallic (bronze, silver, titanium).

Did this in Seattle, a few times, and came up with "7/10 boring, yellow about one in twenty, green equally odd, blue and red the most-popular color other than the boring." Unscientific, for that go to the data provided by OP.

Trends I remember that are unusual:

- About Y2K, lot of gray and titanium sports cars and coupes. Porsche 911's 'Seal Gray' was one of the most popular, and gorgeous (I had one, 996 Turbo).

- Today, Murdered-Out in SUVs and other trucks is seen more often than I recall. In fact, I have a murdered-out Tacoma X-Runner: all-black including trim, lights and calipers in red, wheels blacked out. I call it the Devil's Dervish due to supercharger and propensity to spin up really quickly. This is a good look for mid-size SUVs and similar, in my view, though far from everyone's cup of tea.

Now personally, I've gone back and forth: red, to black and gray and other muted, to back to red. I grew tired of blending in with everyone else. Yellow may be next.

Most people are moles and want to 'blend in'. It bothers me anymore so I add some flair to my car, bike, or shoes.

- Couple trends I've seen:

- Late 1980s: florescent pants and such, plus same on some vehicles. Hope I didn't own any...

- Exotics, well, they can do anything. Ithaca Verde Lamborghini, also Balloon White. Yellow Ferraris. Orange McClarens. My friend had a paint-to-sample orange Audi RS5 when they first came out, and gorgeous it was!
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Old Yesterday, 11:24 AM
 
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A jaguar in British racing green on a saddle brown interior is a proper color combination.. Makes me want a convertible wear driving gloves, a scarf, and a driving cap.


https://i.pinimg.com/originals/0d/a0...1dbe72ab3a.jpg


Mercedes should be black
https://silentautosmodels.com/image/...-l-637x328.jpg

Ferrari red
http://starmoz.com/images/red-ferrari-convertible-6.jpg

Lambo yellow
https://www.lamborghini.com/sites/it...esign-left.jpg

Porsche should be a dark gunmetal gray or Guards Red
https://rennlist.com/forums/attachme...k-img_2732.jpg


http://www.pcarforsale.com/wp-conten...ds-red-tip.jpg


Aston Martin should be silver
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/10/ef...0aad53ff68.jpg

Audi should be a pearl white
https://i.pinimg.com/736x/58/de/96/5...d31305da49.jpg

Hemi Cuda should be a plum crazy purple
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Xom1fxRQXe8/maxresdefault.jpg

Ford Thunderbird should be red
http://www.moibbk.com/images/ford-th...ird-red-10.jpg



Plymouth Roadrunner should be in hugger orange
https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=...41350498250726


Bmw should be an estoril blue
http://bmw-4-sale.com/images/bmw_for...fsh-2333-2.jpg

Mustang should be in bulitt green
https://cdn.motor1.com/images/mgl/Xn...ng-bullitt.jpg


Toyota Camry must be beige
https://imganuncios.mitula.net/toyot...0854550250.jpg


All the rest are meh or interchangeable....

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Old Yesterday, 12:36 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Apparently, for some years now the most popular car color in the US (also mostly everywhere else too) is white, followed by black, gray and silver. Is that because consumers are a bit shy of flashy things and tend to play it safe when and if they are buying a new car?
That trend has persisted over the years. Meaning the likelihood of a flood of more adventurous colors on the market is not great, hence, the rarer it is, the higher price tag it can command?
What is the deal? Is it because everyone is just in a really cranky mood and just doesn’t feel like happy colors?
There used to be some pretty spectacular car colors around the turn of the century.

I guess you might find some explanation here:
https://www.consumerreports.org/cons...so-boring-now/
Here is more to it:
https://haynes.com/en-us/tips-tutori...lack-car-india

Will that trend change anytime soon?
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What (not so popular car color) you find most beautiful?
Color is a big buying point and my number one "want". I bought my 2002 Mazda Tribute because of the color; it was a really pretty green metallic; I would say similar to camo green. We found out that only a few were in NJ, most of them got shipped to Kansas for some reason. I almost traded it twice, once for a light sage green and another for an orange that was really pretty but in the end, my green won out.

April 2017 my Tribute was totaled by a furniture delivery truck that wasn't watching where he was going. He was in a rush of course. I couldn't find another green car so went looking to see what I wanted.

There were tons of good deals on the white, silver, smoke color cars but it wasn't what I wanted. Mazda had 2 blues in 2015, a dark and a light. I see a lot of the darker blue so wanted the light and finally found it. Been too long to remember how big of a price difference but we had to drive 2 1/2 hours (one way) for mine.

In 2005 my son bought a Mazda 3. One of the colors was like a sapphire blue; very hot color; looked like a sports car. His got totaled by a flash flood; he went with a yellow 2006 Jeep.


My hub drives a 2004 Ford F150, it's a medium blue; again hard to find. He delivers new cars so had been checking dealers as he delivers and found one over an hour away in Pennsylvania.

I think the manufacturers are just trying to shove the boring colors down people's throats... Good colors are out there

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Old Yesterday, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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A guy I used to work with would say,

"I'll never understand how someone will buy a new car and have a whole spectrum of colors to choose from, and they settle for white."
We have white then we have white. Yes, the cop car white is boring but thta's not we are talking about. White cars become very attractive when you throw in trim pieces in black or chrome. Contrary to popular thinking, white cars actually stand out alo more than silver. If I had to pick only two colors for the rest of my life, they would be black and white.
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Old Yesterday, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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Back in the 60's and 70's guys would order cars with special colors like Chinese red, Canary yellow, powder blue, Mediterranean blue etc. Those were nice looking cars. My favorite was the deep canary yellow with black trim, smoked glass and mag wheels.
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