Take a peek at OC Auto and you find lots of motors all lined up of different colors, all trying to tempt someone to buy them. If you are in the market for a Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge or ram riverside is definitely the place to go – in fact they’ve got lots of cars in all different, shapes, sizes and colors.
But can the color of a car really make a difference? Are some colors more likely to be involved in accidents, stolen, cost more to insure or attract more attention of the traffic cops?
Let’s take a look at just a few facts . . . and fiction about the difference a color makes to your car.
Which Car Color Is The Safest?
Many drivers believe that lighter colored cars are safer on the roads – after all lighter colors are more visible which makes them safer. Some studies have in fact suggested that white cars have a 10% less chance of being involved in an accident during hours of daylight when compared to cars with lower visibility colors like blue, gray, black and silver.
Other experts suggest, however, the color should not be regarded as any sort of safety feature. They suggest that any benefits are incredibly small, perhaps as low as 3% and the behavior of the driver has a much greater influence on the likelihood of being involved in an accident.
If it’s safety you’re after choose whatever color you like but drive with care at all times.
Which Car Color Is More Theft Proof?
You may believe that bright red sports cars are the most likely to be targeted by thieves but the opposite is actually true. Car thieves prefer to blend in rather than stand out and are more likely to choose popular cars and colors. The most popular car colors are the most likely to be stolen which means that choosing something unusual like yellow, orange, bright red and green are less likely to attract the attention of car thieves.
Which Car Color is Cooler?
According to all our logic (and school science lessons) we believe that people in hot climates should drive white cars because they are cooler. There is a real lack of scientific research to support this theory when it comes to cars but it probably does follow that lighter colored cars are cooler in hot countries. There was one study which compared the interior temperature of a black car and a silver car which were parked in full sunlight for an hour. The internal temperature of the black car was found to be around 10 degrees higher.
Which Car Color Needs Least Maintenance?
According to the experts darker colored cars need more maintenance to keep them in tip top condition. The theory is that darker colors show up scratches and swirls much more clearly. If you neglect a car which is white or a pale color it will not show up quite so much as if you don’t properly clean, polish and maintain the paintwork of a darker colored car.
Some people would argue that darker colored cars deserve the extra attention because the rewards speak for themselves. Nothing looks quite as stunning as a black car which has been shined to within an inch of its life, particularly if it is also wet.
Which Car Color Is Cheaper To Insure?
The evidence suggests that insurance companies don’t discriminate against the color of a car although others may argue that it is cheaper to insure white cars. Perhaps some insurance companies also believe that they are less likely to be involved in accidents.