What are the Rarest Exterior Paint Colors for Cars?
White, silver, and black vehicles are common sights on our roadways. However, there’s a whole spectrum of paint colors we rarely see. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the rarest car colors, and speculate about a few reasons that subdued hues rule the road.
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According to an iSeeCars study of 9.4 million used vehicles sold in 2019, green, beige, orange, gold, yellow, and purple were the rarest exterior paint colors. Each one accounted for less than 1 percent of the vehicles in the study.
On the other hand, grayscale vehicles, which include white, gray, silver, and black models, made up 77.1 percent of the cars examined. Outside of those colors, red and blue were the most common, clocking in at 10.3 and 9.0 percent, respectively.
In terms of geographical location, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota boasted the most variety in car colors. Used car buyers in Hawaii and California, on the other hand, preferred to stick with muted paint jobs.
The study notes that car color plays a slight role in its depreciation. If you pick a rare color, your vehicle won’t suffer as much depreciation. That’s because the color’s scarcity lends to its value, explains iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. On the other hand, cars with common paint jobs tend to experience a typical amount of depreciation.
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What prompts people to pick colors?
There are a few factors that play into our car color choices. First, cars with neutral colors can be low maintenance. They don’t readily show dust, dirt, and scratches. It’s also easier to spot scrapes on a brightly colored model.
Phong Ly suggests that America’s love of grayscale cars may be related to our love of technology. Most mobile devices boast sleek black, white, or silver exteriors, and our taste in vehicles may be an extension of that aesthetic.
Kimiko Kidd is a native Daytonian. She graduated from Wright State University with degrees in environmental science and sociology. She loves her trusty old Honda Civic, but dreams of owning a 1974 Ford Falcon XB with a custom paint job and a vintage Kawasaki Z1000. In her free time, Kimiko can be found watercolor-painting, baking muffins, collecting rocks, playing old-school Nintendo games, writing her novel, sewing stuffed animals, and cosplaying as her favorite Mad Max characters. See more articles by Kimiko.