Amazing that so many people choose to buy grey cars - why?

January 23, 2007 8:35am CST
In the UK the most popular car colour is grey, some people jazz it up a bit by buying a metallic grey (sometimes called silver). What seems so strange to me is that with so many colours to choose from why does everyone go for the most boring colour? Is it just a British thing? Are all Brits boring? I can think of no reason to buy a grey car, they are not any cheaper and there's not anything special about them. Can you tell me what the most popular car colour is in your part of the world and why?
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I dont see gray colored cars as frequently as i see White in the US. I wonder if the company just makes more of one color or another? Interesting question, I had never really thought much about this before.
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26 Jan 07
Although I've never been to America, I've always got the impression that most cars are white. Personally I much prefer white as a colour (to grey anyway!) and I can understand how a white would make sense in some of the hotter states of the US (to reflect the heat off). Interesting point about the manufactureers maybe making more of a certain colour.
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Gray can be a classy-looking color, especially if it's more of a silver-type gray. (Battleship gray, on the other hand, would be pretty hideous.) I could see getting a car in gray or silver, depending on the shade of gray and what type of car it was. Maybe gray is popular because it shows scratches less than colors like black or white, too. And if someone's really cheap, they can patch dings on a gray car with duct tape! LOL
2 Apr 07
You right that black cars are well known for showing every little scratch and bit of dirt! I love the comment about patching up dings with duct tape, I saw a car just the other day where they had actually put duct tape over the rust on the wheel arches! They stole your idea :)
@snowflake5 (1579)
• United States
30 Mar 07
This might seem weird, but people might be instinctively choosing metalic silver because it's safer. It's a light colour and reflects light. Studies have shown that most accidents involve cars with dark colours (particularly black), and the cause of accident is usually because one or other driver didn't see the other in time. White is the safest, but it doesn't look as chic as silver, as well as needing more frequent cleaning. P.S my car is a light metallic green!
2 Apr 07
Thats an interesting point, I do agree that there is a safety aspect to the colour but I dont think that grey cars are safer. I think white, red, light green and light blue cars are safer because they are more easily seen, but I think grey cars don't stand out very well unless they are a very light shade. My view is that most people buy grey (silver to some) cars because everyone else does! Good on you for being different and going for metallic green, personally I would go for that over grey any day!
27 Jan 07
I dont know the answer is to this one - but my family have just got a new car, and guess what colour it is........arctic silver (aka grey!)- so that will be another grey vehicle on Britains overcrowded roads. I wanted to get a metallic dark blue one but the person who was buying it wanted silver. :( but its anice car though. all the best.
27 Jan 07
The dark metallic blue sounds nice, but I guess the person putting up the cash gets the final say.. Do you know why they wanted silver?
@moneyseeker (1024)
27 Jan 07
Oh dear, my car is silver. Of course I blame my wife! No not really, it just seemed a good idea at the time. I wish I hadn't though as it marks so easily - of course I blame my ...
27 Jan 07
All these owners of grey (silver) cars are coming out of the woodwork now! That's it just blame it all on the wife, I guess she stopped you from buying that nice red ferrari!