Is the gray car really silver? And other car color questions


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What color is your car about you?

Half a million Britons bought gray cars last year – and in 2018, for the first time, they were the most popular car colors, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Meanwhile, Silver experienced his heyday in the early 2000s, topping the charts every year between 2000 and 2008.

However, in 2018, it wasn't even in the top five.

But is there really a difference between gray and silver?

Silver is only metallic gray isn't it? Not in the world of cars.

The second most popular car model sold last year, Volkswagen's Golf, was present in "gray metallic" and "silver metallic".

A company spokesperson explained that many of their colors were only translations of their German equivalent.

All newly purchased cars are registered with DVLA – and the colors are recorded according to the description of the car manufacturer.

However, it does not extend to distinguish between cherry red and deep red – in the eyes of the DVLA they are both just red.

So why is the difference between metallic gray and silver?

A spokesman for Nissan, which offers "metallic gun" and "silver blade" finishing to its Qashqai, said: "Silver aims to imitate metal silver, while gray is gray."

What color is the most unpopular car?

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Sprinter Usain Bolt helped auction Nissan gold in 2012

Black, white and silver have become favorites since the turn of the millennium.

But from colors that are considered less fun, maroon is the least popular choice last year, with only 471 cars registered.

Not far behind is cream, with 559 registrations.

The three most unpopular are pink – which is also disliked by former glamor model Katie Price, who tried to sell her pink Barbie jeep after being banned from driving earlier this month.

The fourth is turquoise with 1,824 registrations and the fifth is gold, with 2,919.

Will white cars be cheaper to insure?

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It has long been rumored that darker cars have higher insurance premiums.

The idea is that lighter and lighter cars are easier to see and therefore less likely to experience an accident.

But MoneySupermarket's price comparison site says it doesn't ask customers to determine the color of the car.

The reason? "It's easier for a bad driver to change the color of the car than the quality of cornering!" said a spokesman.

If you like a little paint, you should tell the DVLA.

Lee Griffin, president of the GoCompare comparison site, said various studies have looked at the correlation between car colors and accident rates.

"However, British insurance companies do not account for color when setting premiums because the statistics are too unreliable," he said.

"They will focus on your age and driving history and the type of car you drive, all of which are better indicators of your insurance risk."


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