The little zone of the world that I live in is predominantly populated by very new cars, so recent trends show up very clearly. The one that bugs me the most is the total absence of actual paint colors. I'm surrounded by a sea of: "Don't notice me" black"I'm not here" white"Give-up" gray Only. Exclusively. No exceptions. Even the Vettes, 911s, Maseratis, Lambos, and McLarens around here conform to this apparent mandate. I have no idea how these people find their own car in a parking lot. It's so depressing. Somebody please remind new car buyers that vehicle color can be a fun way to express your personality.Neil - drives a "Retail red" Charger and a red-white-and-blue Formula Ford
I couldn't agree more. I won't buy a car in a dull color. My current cars and colors:Mazda cx5 - soul red Honda s2000 - new formula red Porsche Cayman - guards red Porsche 911 - Aqua blue metallic
My cars are used and except for black (which I won't consider), I pick on condition and mileage and don't really care what color they are: White Ford FocusWhite Ford EdgeSilver Lexus SC430Silver Infiniti QX80BORING!
My cars are used and except for black (which I won't consider), I pick on condition and mileage and don't really care what color they are: Ditto here. Black Mercedes SprinterWhite Chrysler Town & CountryDark green Honda Odyssey.At least I have a bit of color in the car pool. I try to avoid white, but obviously I couldn't once. (Too good a deal on just the right car otherwise.)However, I do agree with the original post. People need to be bold and get some color going. Preferably in cars I'd like to buy used! ;) I've had a nice midnight blue in my past and a couple of versions of brown. Not exactly bold colors, but at least not the monochromatic white/silver/black palette. Like ... ummm ... 2/3 of my cars.--Peter
The 991.1 had Ultraviolet as a choice. I would have got that, had it been a choice for the 991.2 without going PTS, and had I not found a used Graphite Blue one that I was happy with.xtn
I agree! In theory. In practice:Silverstone Honda S2000White Mazda CX-9Black Chevy Spark EVMy wife and I keep tossing around ideas to throw bright orange or lime green accents on the Spark & S2K, but my time/money always goes towards maintenance instead of aesthetics.
I saw this in the truck market when I was looking for a used Ford F350. So many white (for contractors) or that silver/pewter color.c
I see two factors contributing to the phenomenon.One is the risk of adding niche colors to inventory. Neutrals are less likely to be offensive to many where a color will appeal to some but will be offensive to others and hence sit on the lot longer. This part of the phenomenon has become further entrenched as dealers have consolidated causing the business plan of car selling from somewhat of a personal experience into load the lot, turn the inventory, profit by volume. This is not really a surprise.Another factor that is less obvious is the longevity of the average car. When the trade cycle was about three years unique colors could more easily follow fashion trends. In fact a car's color becoming dated to could motivate a trade.Today one keeps a car for 8-10 years. Satisfaction with a neutral wears better than with a trendy hue.It's one of the factors that is disappearing in the appliancization of cars and is also a significant driver of same.GeeB
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