Non-Colors are Top Car Colors
Black & White, non-colors according to some schools of scientific thought, are the two top "color" choices of car buyers in N. America, according to The Detroit News. White at 21% and black at 19%, virtually unchanged from 2 years ago. They're closely followed by Gray (17%) and Silver (15%), revealing that 72% of new cars on the road are various shades of non-colors. See, according to the "Color as Light" color theory, BLACK IS NOT A COLOR! Black is the total absence of light, and therefore the absence of color (because visible light implies color). And WHITE IS A COLOR because it's made up of all visible colors (which are revealed in a rainbow). HOWEVER - and hold on to your black hat - according to the "color as pigment" color theory, BLACK IS A COLOR and WHITE IS NOT A COLOR! I know, I know, this is all very disturbing, especially if you have a white or black car and now you don't know if your car has a color or not!!? Well, you can read more on this disturbing debate here. Personally my car is an awesome Ruby Red, and I can find it easily in a parking lot (unless it's covered by snow, nature's colorful colorless cloak. I personally don't care what color (or lack thereof) you choose, as long as it's one we have in stock! - Dave G.
Big, Slow, and Ugly Cars Best for Teens?
The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) suggests that big, slow, and ugly cars are best for teens, according to this USA Today article . The idea is that such a car will be boring for a teen...less power to go out of control, big enough to provide protection, and mundane styling to discourage showing off. But having a modern car with some of the latest safety features (like a Subaru) is also cited in the article as important. A Subaru Legacy or Forester will fit the bill. Ugly? Neither is ugly, but they don't exactly project the image of a fast sports car either. Slow? No, but not super fast either. The naturally aspirated 4-cylinders have about 170 hp, plenty of power to get out of their own way safely, but not too much for a teen to handle safely. Big? The Legacy is a mid-size sedan, the Forester a crossover SUV, both large enough to provide excellent crash protection. And each are IIHS top safety pics. In fact, the 2014 Forester has received the difficult-to-achieve IIHS "TOP SAFETY PICK+" designation!
*"Image courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net"
Many Subaru's are great for a pet though. The above pic shows Reese, Purchase Partner Dave Gardner's Chocolate Lab, in his Subaru Legacy. She rides on the folded-down rear seats, on her dog blanket. She's securely held in with a doggie harness attached to the Legacy's child tether system. This was taken last week after a brief visit at the dealership just before going home to get some treats and sleep.
Who lies more about driving mistakes...husband or wife?
It's the husband who seems to hide the truth, much more often, according to a new survey by Insure.com :
Insure.com surveyed 1,000 U.S. married adults (half women and half men) in March 2013.
Relationship Power Struggles: Do Men or Women call the shots when buying a car?
In the msn autos article "Both men and women claim to 'call the shots' on car buying" , it's shown that more women than men influence the car buying decision and that women purchase more cars than men do. But apparently each sex believes they have more say in the final purchase decision than the facts show. We all like to think we pull the strings, don't we?