What's your favorite color? A question we have all been asked hundreds of times since kindergarten. I think back to all the vehicles I have owned over the years and as I have matured, so have the colors of my autos. What does the color of your car say about you?
I think it's safe to say that if you own a loud colored car like yellow or red, chances are a bit of that color bleeds into your character. A good example is a colleague here at work; he drives a bright yellow Mazda RX 8 and wears red framed glasses and has an extensive collection of ostentatious shirts to match. I think his car suits him and his personality.
Now, I can't remember all the cars I have owned but I know it is more than 25. The most popular color when I was younger was red, from cars and trucks to my street bikes. As I got older and my personality matured, so did the color of my cars. From my mid-20s to now, silver has been the color found in my garage.
You might not know it, but until last year silver was the most popular car color. So who's No. 1 now? White. Experts at DuPont claim that white means a new hue is on the horizon to top the list.
Why would DuPont know car color trends? Well, they have been producing and following automotive paint trends for 55 years. Through the years DuPont has found that when white hits the top of the list, a new color will emerge to take over within the following few years.
There is a whole new future for car colors on the horizon. Many of the custom colors and finishes seen at shows is making it to mainstream. Several auto manufacturers will be releasing limited edition cars in matte finishes and heavy pearls. That flat teal you saw on a '36 Vicky just might be making it to a new Lexus IS-F!
I just purchased a vehicle and to my own surprise I bought it even though it's black. This will be my fourth black vehicle. Every time I buy one I remind myself I said never again after the last one. My problem is this; some cars just look so good in certain colors. My 2000 Mercedes E55 AMG had to be silver, yet my '06 Dodge Charger begged to be in black.
Step back and ask what your color does for you. Does it make the car or does it make you? Either way now you know that white is the new silver and silver is old news.