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No. It's only what's under the hood that counts 8 10.81%
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Old 05-12-2011, 05:25 PM   #21
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I prefer silver paint with black or maybe charcoal/grey interior. There are some makes I may consider in a dark blue or charcoal/metallic grey color but the interior has to be black or grey/charcoal.
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Old 05-12-2011, 05:44 PM   #22
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I like that burnt orange
I am a stick-in-the-mud for sure. It can take me years to feel comfortable with new things, and I tend to buy the same things over and over again. Ho-hum.

That is a popular color and I have noticed it on some attractive models. It IS a nice, rather earthy tone.
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It's pretty important for me. I like black, dark blue, silver and forrest green. That's it. My current car is black and I live in the deep south.
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Don't care about looks but in the future I will always get white if possible. It doesn't show dirt as much. Our white Tacoma can be quite dirty and still look clean.
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I am a stick-in-the-mud for sure. It can take me years to feel comfortable with new things, and I tend to buy the same things over and over again. Ho-hum.

That is a popular color and I have noticed it on some attractive models. It IS a nice, rather earthy tone.

I like the color both for appearance and functionality. The appearance is subjective. The functionality I see is that looking for one with a not too popular color, yet standing out, makes it easier to spot in a croweded parking lot.
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There is usually a selection these days so color has never been a deal breaker.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:37 PM   #27
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I voted Yes!, I really don't acre much about car color but DW cares a lot---we ended up with a RED Jeep which is a color I did not care for but otherwise exactly the vehicle I wanted.
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I like many different colors but White seems to be better in the sun here in Fla.. Although I ended up with a red Toyota last year, I bought it with 100 miles on it so I didn't have a choice of color.
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You guys gotta be kidding me. How much of a car's total cost is the paint job? I'm talking Earl-Scheib class or better, not Krylon spray.

Our car criteria are pretty much: used, no rust, good engine, good repair rating, no serious work needed. "I'll take it!" What color is it? I didn't notice.

Spouse's 14-year-old Nissan Altima sedan has a dead windshield-washer sprayer pump. I haven't gotten around to looking at it yet but it'll probably be an hour of frustrating troubleshooting ([DeForest Kelley]"It's dead, Nords."[/DeForest Kelley]) followed by a $250 repair bill. So she's been passing the time by car-shopping on Craigslist.

But today she drove the car to get a new sticker for the military base, and has decided that since it's "good for five more years" then we really don't need to replace the car just yet. She saved us at least the $6500 that she was thinking about spending on the 2006 Civic hybrid.

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There seem to be a lot of gray Prii on the road, and I'm not sure that Toyota offers a wide range of Prius color choices. A Prius would be a perfect candidate for a new paint job... burgundy metal flake with flames shooting down the sides?

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I prefer lighter colors to darker colors because of the heat retention in the summer. I don't want white, though, because dirt shows too easily.

I also learned that light blue is not so good because the birds think it is water and take a dump on it. My first car was light blue and became a toilet for birds.

My second car was a shade of tan/grey and my current car is silver.
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You guys gotta be kidding me. How much of a car's total cost is the paint job? I'm talking Earl-Scheib class or better, not Krylon spray.

Our car criteria are pretty much: used, no rust, good engine, good repair rating, no serious work needed. "I'll take it!" What color is it? I didn't notice.

Spouse's 14-year-old Nissan Altima sedan has a dead windshield-washer sprayer pump. I haven't gotten around to looking at it yet but it'll probably be an hour of frustrating troubleshooting ([DeForest Kelley]"It's dead, Nords."[/DeForest Kelley]) followed by a $250 repair bill. So she's been passing the time by car-shopping on Craigslist.

But today she drove the car to get a new sticker for the military base, and has decided that since it's "good for five more years" then we really don't need to replace the car just yet. She saved us at least the $6500 that she was thinking about spending on the 2006 Civic hybrid.

So we bought ourselves a pizza for dinner.

There seem to be a lot of gray Prii on the road, and I'm not sure that Toyota offers a wide range of Prius color choices. A Prius would be a perfect candidate for a new paint job... burgundy metal flake with flames shooting down the sides?

Or maybe you could have this guy help you out with a paint job:
Pimped car is the world's most extreme Toyota Prius - 24 Cars blue Sky
Just bought a new Prius and my color is..............gray! Maybe i'll look into the burgundy with flames.
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This thread reminds me of a story about one of my in-laws mother-in-law. She took her DiL and son to the dealership when she bought a new car to help with the purchase. Part of that was rendering an opinion as she jumped from car to car asking, "how do I look in this color?"

Purple metal flake is probably not going to make it with me, but most everything else is fine. I had so many different w*rk cars over the years that I've driven just about everything. The only one I had to change was a customized Suburban taken from a crack dealer. It was glow-in-the-dark white, ground effects package with running boards that had lights running their length, a cowl induction hood scoop that small children could climb through, and a whale-tail looking spoiler on the back. The front spoiler would drag on driveways, and at night the thing lit up like a UFO. We snatched a plain hood off a wreck in a friendly junk yard, and a fifth of whiskey bribed the garage guys to take off the spoiler and paint the whole thing battleship gray.
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As long as it's not pink, lime green or some other odd color, it's not much of a factor for me. My last 2 have been white which probably works out best for the south.
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I buy a car every 10 - 20 years, less that 5K miles per year, don't give a crap about color.
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My most recent car purchase was a Honda CR-V. I paid about $400 more to get the color I wanted (light blue, I think they call it ice blue or glacier blue) rather than something I liked less.

My logic was that I was about to spend $23000 for something that I will look at and use almost every day for the next 10 years - so spending $400 extra to get EXACTLY what I wanted was a no-brainer. It would be a shame to spend that much money and spend the next 10 years wishing I'd gotten something else.
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I always tend to look for lighter shades that don't show dirt and don't cause the car to get so hot in the summer. Silver right now.

Is it just me or does Ford come out with more ugly colors than any of the other car makers?
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It doesn't mean too much to me... There are certain colors that I might not prefer. My primary goal is to get a color that would not put off some other buyer if I needed to sell it. So I am ok with a range of colors with a few I would avoid.

However.... to my DW... color is a primary decision factor... not the only factor... but certainly a key one. When we car shop (not a frequent event)... she even states: "I want a [color] car"!
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You mean like this one? That's my nephew beside the car. My father bought the car because it was cheap. I wonder why it was so cheap?
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