What Does Your Car Color Say About You

So, this morning I was sitting in my car on I-59…something that has become an every day thing since people can’t seem to figure out how to drive around here…I digress. I looked around and noticed the sea of white, black and silver. What happened to colored cars?

Am I the only one who has noticed that the blues, reds. greens. yellows and other car colors out there are disappearing more and more every year? I am not really one to help the cause, my last car was Gold and my current car is Gotham Gray…but seriously…what has happened?

A lot of the older classics had super fun names like tangerine orange, peak green, sky blue, banana yellow. While some of those, pea green, are less than appealing today….I don’t think that colors themselves should completely disappear.

I did some research on this, because it really bothered me. Obviously our tastes have changed over the years. We tend to be more conservative with the ways these look these days. Think about newer neighborhoods. You find that most of the houses look similar, and are all of the same family of colors…usually earthy. Back in the day houses used to be crazy. It wasn’t uncommon to see green or pink homes. Anyone remember the book Mr Pine’s Purple House?

I loved that book! My grandma used to read it to me all the time. Anyways…the same goes for cars I suppose. Our tastes seem to have changed, and rarely do people venture into fun colors unless you are driving some sort of sports car.
Apparently the paint technology has changed. Back in the day, colors used to be much more pigmented, but flat. Cars just weren’t as glossy. These days, there are swirls and dimension in the paint color to show movement. The paint colors of the 1970’s were more brittle and not as long lasting. The standards are much more strict today on what is allowed. Even cars that are red or blue today tend to be darker, more muted colors than the reds of the past. The polyurethane technology of today is what you can thank for the ultimate glossy look that we know so well.
So what does the color of your car say about you? According to iVillage:
Back: Powerful, Classic, Elegant
White: Pure, Pristine, Direct
Pearl: Glamorous, Exciting, Sophisticated
Silver: Futuristic, Prestigious, Elegant
Red: Sensual, Dynamic, Outgoing
Gray: Neutral, Sober, Practical
Light-Mid Blue:Calm, Faithful, True
Dark Blue: Confident, Credible, Authoritative
Orange: Artistic, Individual, Complex
Brown: Powerful, Unique
Beige: Down to earth
Yellow: Joyful, Sense of humor
Dark Green: Well balanced, trustworthy
Light Green: Organic, No-fuss, Understated
Gold: Warm, Intelligent, Glamorous
So basically in high school I was sensual, dynamic and outgoing. I then became warm, intelligent, and glamorous and now I am basically boring with being neutral, sober and practical. Lovely.

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  • Reply Miranda August 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I have always enjoyed these type of “personality” comparisons. Both cars I have had have been silver, but when I was younger my dream car was a yellow VW bug.

    I can say though, maybe I just haven’t noticed the overall neutral car colors of this age because my neighbor has a lime green camaro that I get to look at every day! Ha ha.

  • Reply SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph August 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I have a silver car, yet I am none of those things. hahaha

  • Reply Ashley August 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I hadn’t really noticed the color of cars on the road (or lack of), but now I’m sure on the way home I will!

    It’s kind of interesting how car colors have evolved.

    I have a darker blue car right now, but I don’t think I’m “Confident, Credible, Authoritative”… although it does sound nice! 🙂

  • Reply Darby Hawley August 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    This is fun! My first car was gray, then gold, and now my car is black. I like all of these characteristics of myself…I hope they’re true lol

  • Reply Kathy @ Vodka and Soda August 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    fun! my current cars are black and white; my previous car was red. maybe this is true!

    Vodka and Soda

  • Reply Krystle @ Color Transformed Family August 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I have gone from dynamic, to faithful, to powerful. Pretty interesting. I would love to see more colorful cars on the road.

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