Choosing your car color may seem like an unnecessary step to hem and haw over for too long, in the grand quest of buying a car. However, the color of your car may be more important than you think. Take a look below at some of the most important questions you can ask yourself and others before taking the plunge and committing yourself to a color for the foreseeable future.
You may have heard people say that a lighter, brighter colored is more visible on the road. A 2007 study in Australia tested a variety of car colors, including white, black, blue, green, silver and red. Ultimately, they found that white vehicles were less likely to be in a crash during daylight, by about ten percent in comparison to the other other car colors. Only you can decide whether ten percent is enough of an incentive in choosing white over another color.
Are there such things as high- or low-maintenance car colors?
This one is actually true. The darker the color, the more likely you will have more noticeable scratches and dirt buildup. Though a white car is just as likely to have nicks, scratches and to get dirty, it is just that they do not show as many marks. White has long been the most popular car color choice in America, and it continues to increase year after year, across the world, and the ease of cleaning it may be why.
Are certain colors exempt from theft?
According to research in the Netherlands that took place over four years, from 2004 to 2008, Ben Vollaard found that vehicles painted silver-gray and blue, the two most popular colors for the Dutch, were stolen almost forty percent more than the less popular colors. It actually makes sense, if you remember that thieves value resale prices, and take into account which vehicles are most likely to sell. If you want a vehicle that a thief will just walk by, consider more unorthodox colors, like green, brown, red and orange colors.
Are red cars ticket magnets?
Another thing you might have heard is that not only are you more likely to receive more tickets in a red vehicle, but that your insurance rates will go up. These, however, are both urban myths and totally false. Your insurance will take into account your own driving record in addition to the statistics on the particular car you drive.
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