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Top Car Colors of 2012

With a mild amount of caution for potentially over generalizing, I think it is fair to say the color a person’s car provides a little insight into their personality. I’m not saying that all people who drive black cars are similar, but they probably share something in common beyond just a paint job. As a kid I remember that my parents insisted on buying cars that were the color of dirt. The logic obviously is that dirt colors hide dirt. What does that say about my parents? Well, as it so happens they have a utilitarian dedication to practicality. You certainly don’t get a lot of cool points for driving around a fleet of beige Ford Explorers, but it saves you a little bit of time and money because you don’t have to clean your car as often. It also suggests that they aren’t gear heads, as most would pick a flashier color because they were willing to spend the time to maintain its sheen. Black is such a common color among car enthusiasts because it MUST be cleaned often. It allows car lovers to demonstrate just how much time they spend taking care of their car. On the scale between practicality and passion, people who buy brown cars are on the opposite end of those who purchase black cars.

Obviously, you can’t rule out the fact that many people purchase used cars and would probably drive a car painted hot pink with dolphins stenciled on the hood if the price was right. Like I said, the point is not to generalize but only to give our readers something to think about. Take a second and think about your friends and the cars that they drive. Does the color of their car give you a little bit of insight into who they are? Maybe it will, maybe it won’t but now you have something to do on your drive home tonight. You’re welcome.

Here are the world’s most popular car colors of 2012 as ranked by PPG a car paint company based out of Pittsburgh:

1.       White (22% of drivers)


2.       Silver (20%)


3.       Black (19%)


4.       Gray (12%)


5.       Natural (8 %)


6.       Blue (7%)


7.       Green (2%)


8.       Other (1%)



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