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Old 10-19-2020, 04:26 PM
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I've had my 2011 Honda CRV for almost 9 years, and it has almost 180,000 miles on it. It has been THE BEST car I've ever owned. I absolutely love it.

The only thing I don't love is the color. When I leave a store and look for my car in the parking lot, there are SO MANY other gray CRVs, it drives me crazy.

I'm planning on getting a new car after Christmas, or maybe in the Spring. So I got on Honda's website to see the new 2021 models, and also to look at the 2020s. And I am SO DISAPPOINTED in the COLORS!

The new model colors are: two shades of blue, two shades of gray, white, black and BRIGHT red. My DDs and EXH all have blue cars, so I really don't want blue. I don't want gray again --- either shade. I don't like black or white cars. I would like a red car, but not so bright. (a few years ago, the CRV came in a nice maroon that I love)

I like to keep my cars for 8-10 years, so I want to love the car, and its color!

My favorite color is purple, and I'm seriously thinking of switching to Toyota just to get a purple car !

Am I crazy??


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Old 10-19-2020, 04:32 PM
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My husband and I just bought a new car. I told him the same thing- I am tired of trying to find my charcoal gray car in the parking lot. We drove 3 hours away from home to get the color car I wanted. It is a bright beautiful shade of blue. People will definitely see me coming!!
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Old 10-19-2020, 04:33 PM
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I am boring, with white cars. I live in an area with heavy ground fog and do not want to be the same color of fog. Light colored cars are much more visible. I'm glad to hear you love your CRV. I am pretty sure that will be my next vehicle.
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Old 10-19-2020, 04:37 PM
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There's are the colors of our cars for the last 20 years

Silver
Grey
Silver
Silver
Charcoal grey
White

I loved my charcoal grey color! Was not a fan of the white, but we were buying out my mom's leased car so we didn't have a choice. I've grown to love it!

The secret to finding your car is remembering the general area you parked. Maybe some day I'll master that skill!
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Old 10-19-2020, 04:39 PM
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Well, I do love my Toyota. But it is gray. I have found that it doesn't show the dirt as badly as other colors


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Old 10-19-2020, 04:41 PM
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Color doesn’t matter to me. I really couldn’t care less what color my car is.

I’ve had a baby blue car, a green car that we called “the pickle” , a silver car, a bright red car, another silver car, a black car, and the official color of our current car is “salsa pearl.”

Whatever. All I car is that it starts, runs reliably, and gets DS and I safely where we need to go. The color is definitely not a dealbreaker.

My dad had a purple truck when I was growing up. He hated the color but I loved it. I believe I got my senior pictures taken with it because I loved it so much. It’s official color was some kind of blue...but it was purple.
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Old 10-19-2020, 04:44 PM
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Iím not picky, but coincidentally all my cars have been blue, my favorite color. Various shades of blue, but all blue.

My mom has always wanted red, but has never gotten it. Sheís always driven boring gray cars. This time my father told the salesman the car WOULD be red. Boy is it red.
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Old 10-19-2020, 04:46 PM
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After reliability, color is the most important factor for me. I donít understand mechanics, so I go for appearance. Iím shallow and also frugalóI donít want to wash it frequently, so I need a color that wonít show dirt. I dislike white cars, love dark blue and blackóbut those dark colors are dust magnets for me. So that leaves me with silver gray which is what I have now (and if I ever replace this old thing, Iíll go with the same color).
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Old 10-19-2020, 04:48 PM
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Besides the fact that it has to run well, I consider the color of my car of utmost importance! I do not like white, gray, or beige cars...boring. Most of my cars have been in the blue or red range. For my current car - a Buick LaCrosse- I drove on the lot and thought, I like the color of that car, not even caring what model it was. It is a rich burgundy color and I love it! So yes, car color matters to me!
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:19 PM
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I love black for a car color.


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Old 10-19-2020, 05:29 PM
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Color doesn't matter to me. I have preferences and still would love a burnt orange car, but it doesn't affect the purchase for me. I like a manual though, and those are hard to come by these days, haha. If I was picky about the color, I'd never have a car.
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:34 PM
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Weíve always bought used so I never really got to pick because it was whatever they had. In 2018 we bought our first brand new car in black. I instantly regretted it. It showed the dirt so much. So this summer I went to get the oil changed and instead traded it in for a white car. Same model...Toyota Camry but I love the white so much better. My payments stayed the same so it was a great deal.
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:34 PM
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It's not super important to me, but I do wish I had bought another color for my car. I have a dark grey Honda Odyssey and I'd say that 75% of the Odysseys I see on the road are the same color!
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:35 PM
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Are you crazy for switching to Toyota? Not at all. Toyota makes some great cars.

Switching so you can get a purple car? Prince Rogers Nelson would not have thought so.
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:37 PM
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Yupómy next car wonít be grey. I want my car to pop in a parking lot
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:42 PM
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I'm "frugal". I like to buy quality - at a discount. Which usually means I'd overlook the color to get the features I'd want at a better price.
BUT - you don't buy cars often. Buy one in a color you love. Seriously. When you have to spend that much money spend it on something that makes you happy.
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:58 PM
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I had a very specific used car I wanted. Color was so important that I spent a few months looking and went several states away to get the exact model and features + color that I wanted.

I also spent probably about $1-2k more for the red color vs if I’d been okay with silver or black or a less appealing red.

I say get the purple Toyota!
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:03 PM
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. Weíve always bought used so I never really got to pick because it was whatever they had.
The internet means the world is your oyster now! Cars.com, Carmax.com, and caravana.com were so useful for finding the exact used car in the exact condition/mileage that I wanted.
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:38 PM
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Pretty important. Mostly about what I *don't* want. Like you, I don't like black or white cars. I like grey, but there are so many grey and silver cars now.
We wanted some really specific things in my car when we were shopping (2011). It was very hard to find a car with what we wanted, and it didn't look like it was going to happen. Then the dealership found one, brought it from out of state. It is brown. Sounds like a deal-breaker, but the 3rd row seat was more important, and it is kind of a metallic root beer color, so not too bad. I never would have imagined myself in a brown car, but it is fine.
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:48 PM
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I was offered a much better deal to take the same make/model of car I have in white. Nope. Over my dead body was I getting a white car. I wash it like 2x per year so that was not going to work!

My old car was a lovely shade of blue. They quit making that color and the blue in the current model was hideous. I went with a neutral silver. I don't like it as well, but I can live with it and it doesn't really show dirt.

I have posted before that my car choices are very limited because I feel like I need AWD (we are frequently expected to drive in snow here), but I don't want an SUV. Basically the only affordable option for AWD cars is Subaru, so Subaru it is. No wonder everyone here has one!
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:50 PM
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like to have a car in a color I enjoy. For me that means something I like. In the past we've had a variety of colors. I am not a fan of grey or white. White shows the dirt and dings and we had one get rusty after an accident years ago. (That probably wouldn't happen now though.)

My favorite colors are blues and greens. We have 2 blue cars. My civic is a blue pearl (a very popular color) and our Rav4 is a very bright blue (also very popular). The colors make me smile. We pick the model first, then hope for the best with colors.
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:54 PM
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I always said I never wanted a white vehicle, but I ended up with a white truck that I loved!

I had a brownish colors car and a greenish shade that both were ďtrendyĒ kinds of shades that looked dated way before I quit driving them. The white really didnít do that. Iím hoping the same for my dark dray Toyota.
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:11 PM
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My cars have been:

white
red
dark green
beige
dark red
silver

The dark green and dark red were my color choices. The rest were not. I really didn't like the beige, but the other colors were ok.
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Old 10-19-2020, 09:05 PM
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The outside of the car doesn't bother me, but I do not want a dark interior. I worry about the heat that comes in during the summer I drove my dad crazy with this want.
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Old 10-20-2020, 03:27 AM
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Is the only car to drive if you live in New England. Mine is a deep blue. I love the color. I do not like white cars at all. I had one once and it was tough to keep clean. I love green, blue, or gray.
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Old 10-20-2020, 04:14 AM
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No, you're not crazy. When I shopped for my car I had 3 must haves and color was number 1. I also tend to keep my cars for long times (last one for 14 years) so I search till I find a car with the must haves that allow me to enjoy those years driving it!
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Old 10-20-2020, 05:24 AM
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When DW and I bought new cars in the 1980s and 1990s, we'd go to the dealer, sit down with the salesperson, and custom order the one we wanted. We'd have it 4-6 weeks later, and yes, color was a big issue for us. Back then, there were so many choices to be made in a purchase (power windows or the roll-up kind, manual or power steering, A/C or no A/C, etc.). On my first car, purchased in 1979, there was a choice of an AM-only (cheaper and my choice) or an AM/FM radio.

If I remember correctly, packages of options started to become standard at some point in the 1990s. When we bought a new car in 1997, it was the first one purchased off-the-lot. The color was what we wanted, but it was no longer a big deal.

We've bought (or leased) three cars in the last 20 years, and discussed the color briefly each time. Perhaps it's a sign of getting older, but it's no longer much of an issue for us.
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Old 10-20-2020, 06:06 AM
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The last 2 cars we've bought have been white. My car is bright red (the official color name is "Aggressive"). The white is because in FL you really don't want a dark colored car - they get too darn hot in a parking lot. We also like the app that lets us start the car as we leave the beach so the A/C has a few minutes to cool it off before we get there. We just bought a new "Florida car", a Hyundai Tucson.
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Old 10-20-2020, 06:12 AM
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I just turned in my lease and leased a new car about two weeks ago. My turn in was an extremely vibrant red. I got a black car this time around as my new car only comes in red, white, blue, and black. I didn't want red again and don't care for white or blue, so black was my last option. Extremely happy with the car, so my overall happiness outweighs the so/so feeling about the color.
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Old 10-20-2020, 06:47 AM
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No, go ahead. If we can't get what we want with our hard-earned money, no use doing it until we can!

It's quite important to me. I wouldn't buy a car if the color wasn't mostly what I wanted. I've had 2 cars in my life and they're my 2 favorite colors...purple and royal blue.
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Old 10-20-2020, 07:31 AM
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Color is important to me. I want a pretty color! You are not crazy.
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Old 10-20-2020, 09:01 AM
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Iíve had cream, white, aquamarine, and silver. During the day, I loved the aquamarine color, but at night it looked too dark. I think Iíll stay with my current color, which is silver. Not too light and not too dark. But it does make it harder to find my car in a crowded parking lot.

One color I would never consider is black. It absorbs the heat, and I live in a SoCal desert.
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Old 10-20-2020, 03:18 PM
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Thatís the only thing I choose! When we narrow it down I will only look at the colors. I drive a red Jeep now.
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Old 10-21-2020, 05:13 AM
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, we bought a beater car a few years ago. Youngest is using it at college this year and probably will buy it off of us. It's BRIGHT yellow. I hate the color BUT love that I can find it in a parking lot, tell people new to my house "Look for the yellow car on the driveway" (our cookie-cutter subdivision, built in the early 90s, is so bland and the yellow car is the only thing that stands out on our street). Anyway, now we're looking for ANOTHER beater car and a bright red car popped up online. Don't know if we can do it...

Our other vehicles are silver (but dull, it's old) and white...
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