I've been interested in this question for a few years, sorry if this is not the right place to ask it.
As I've been driving around the US for the last few years, I noticed that some community parking lots "lack color" - the vehicles can be defined as colorless - they are white, black, various shades of gray or beige. Yet I've seen several new car catalogs and see that most cars come in several colors.
I was surprised to see this "lack of color" again and again, so I googled it, and found that the trend is not just in America, but worldwide:
This is interesting, because I've never ever heard of white, silver or black being called people's favorite color. Most search results point to "blue" being the favorite color (at least in the United States) for English search results.
This begs the question: Why do people go for boring/conservate exterior car colors, like white or silver when buying a new car, instead of choosing their favorite color?
Here are my wild guesses, and it would be great to debunk them:
- Is this due to conformity, resale value, or an attempt to stand out less on a highway?
- Is this because a car is big enough to be seen with rods in the eye?
- Or do people see their cars as just another "appliance", like a toaster, microwave or a fridge, and pick a color similar to what they see in their kitchen?
I appreciate your input!
PS. This article is especially interesting, because it predicts orange/brown becoming the "new color" of expensive cars, while most color psychology results I've seen list people naming orange as "cheap" color, and advise to avoid it.