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KorTranz  Identity Verified
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Jan 9, 2007

Do you drive a minivan? I have never thought that I would ever drive a minivan. It's not supposed to be a "cool" thing to do. With two little kids, I now drive a gold minivan. Gold! Out of all the colors out there! Well, at least it hides dirt pretty well... This minivan is getting old and breaking down.

I am thinking about purchasing a new minivan now. So what's the best color for a minivan? I can't decide. This is more difficult than choosing the word for translation. Some people told me that you are more likely get pulled over by driving red cars. I heard that white ones have the best resale value. Aside from choosing out of a preference, does anyone have a methotical approach in choosing the color of a new car based on a solid research? I like red, but it will stand out from 20 miles away. I am not so sure if it will sell well when I get to sell it later. Suggestions? Anyone up for a red minivan??


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KathyT  Identity Verified
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Everyone knows that... Jan 10, 2007

...the red ones go faster!!


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GoodWords  Identity Verified
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Research on the safest car colours Jan 10, 2007

The results are complex. It seems that no single colour is best for all conditions. Red stands out in the daytime, but appears dark at night with low light conditions.

http://www.aaafoundation.org/pdf/CarColorAndSafety.pdf
http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/fascinating-facts/safe-vehicle-colours.html
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn4504
http://www.answers.com/topic/car-safety
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_safety#Color


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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White Jan 10, 2007

White is most visible at night and is also reflective when the weather is hot. But I suggest choosing a vehicle on other criteria; they'll sell you any kind in any color.

Unlike Henry Ford who would sell you a Model T in any color as long as it was black.


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xxxIreneN
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I believe I have never seen a red minivan:-) Jan 10, 2007

I mean red red, scarlet... Have you?

In the US South white cars are definitely in demand.


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Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
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White is the new black Jan 10, 2007

The other day I read an article about white becoming very popular again after it was pushed back by silver, black and all kinds of metallic paints. At least here in Europe you hardly ever saw expensive white cars, but now you see them on the streets more and more. I quite like white - but then again: maybe not so ideal for a minivan. You might look like a delivery man or ambulance driver.

I imagine the rule of thumb "that you are more likely to get pulled over by driving red cars" doesn't apply to minivans - but I could be mistaken.

[Edited at 2007-01-10 09:02]


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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White Van Man Jan 10, 2007

This is a common expression in UK English, perhaps not in US, meaning a reckless, speeding, inconsiderate driver. It probably originated because most drive-yourself vans for hire happen to be white, and in general, drivers are less considerate of a hired car than of one they own, so tend to thrash the engine and try to see how much the van will do.
So for the UK, I would not recommend white, but it may be OK in the USA.


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Isabel Booth  Identity Verified
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Why stick to one colour? Jan 10, 2007

This should really brighten up the whole van experience:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:IMG_1794.JPG

Otherwise, I read somewhere that vehicles in the same colour as the media advertising used to promote it have the best sell-on value...

Scooby Dooby Doo!

Isabel (who will also get a van next time)

[Edited at 2007-01-10 10:49]


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Lucinda  Identity Verified
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Look at safety issues as well Jan 10, 2007

Check out safety issues as well. I remember to have read somewhere that minivans have a higher accident rate than other cars and have the tendency to flip over when in a crash.

If you need space with the kids why not get a station wagon. They appear solid and sturdy to me.

As for the colour. Personal preference I think.

I like mocha and, even though it is out of fashion, gray metallic. I would not get red - too conspecuous, such a cop attracker. White does sound like an ambulance or at the least the transport vehicle of a nursing home.

What I would also avoid is a very dark colour, dark green or black because these make the car hotter in the Summer.

Have fun searching!
Lucinda


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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
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white vans... Jan 10, 2007

Jack Doughty wrote:

This is a common expression in UK English, perhaps not in US, meaning a reckless, speeding, inconsiderate driver. It probably originated because most drive-yourself vans for hire happen to be white, and in general, drivers are less considerate of a hired car than of one they own, so tend to thrash the engine and try to see how much the van will do.
So for the UK, I would not recommend white, but it may be OK in the USA.


I think it refers to couriers' (delivery) vans, often white and often in a hurry...

G


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xxxIreneN
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I think red+cops is a legend invented by happy red car owners:-) Jan 10, 2007

In 1995 I got my only speeding ticket in 16 years (knocking on wood, spitting over the left shoulder) in a perfectly white car doing 70 miles in a 65-mile zone - a situation nearly impossible in Houston, cops here don't even bother with the minors like this on the freeways.

The cop was a woman, and I was driving the gift I gave myself in celebration of a greencard - a 95 5-l white Mustang convertible. I bet my last nickel the bleached-blond b..aby was plain jealous:-).


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dark blue is a must! Jan 10, 2007

if you want to leave a reliable impression, there is no colour better than dark blue *giggles*

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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Not green Jan 10, 2007

There are too many dark green ones! (One of which is ours: a Toyota Sienna.) I understand the "uncoolness" of the minivan, but sit in those captain's seats for a few rides, and you'll be hooked! They're quite comfortable.

I did *a lot* of research before we bought our minivan. We actually wanted a station wagon, but the problem was that we needed to transport extra people, not stuff, and we couldn't find a wagon that had enough room in the back seat. Many were only an inch or two wider than our sub-compact. We are often taking 2-3 extra kids along somewhere, so minivan it was.

About safety - actually, minivans are safe; SUVs are the ones that flip over more. You can look up all the crash test ratings on Consumer Reports.

PS I would go for the red one!


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Francina  Identity Verified
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My take on color Jan 11, 2007

We have owned various minivans for the last 13 years. We started with a red one, and then bought a blue one. Currently we own a metallic green one. I have not noticed any advantages/disadvantages related to driving/selling/buying the different colors.

I’ll drive anything (within reason) and color has never been an issue; I always go for the bargains and features. After reading the dilemma on choosing a color, I started to take note of the colors in use -here in Michigan- and think that the predominance is towards darker colors with a fair share of reds, whites, and silver thrown in.

Good luck with your search and let us know what you end up with.
Francina


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Andrea Riffo  Identity Verified
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What about this one? Jan 11, 2007

Isabel Booth wrote:

This should really brighten up the whole van experience:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:IMG_1794.JPG



http://www.disneyscars.com/images/fillmore_desktop.jpg

(one of the best films I saw last year)


Now seriously, I have also heard about red (and black) cars being pulled more often, because they are supposed to be "sportsy" and therefore their drivers are supposed to be addicted to high speed.

[Edited at 2007-01-11 18:58]


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