Why Car Colors Are Boring Now
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Plum Crazy. Ginsburg Yellow. Grabber Blue. These are just a few of the coolest colors to be put on our favorite cars. But there’s a problem: automakers don’t seem to paint their cars like they used to. Join Nolan and explore what changed in the automotive market, and find out why carmakers choose to be less risky with their color palettes. It’s a problem!
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  • Donut Media
    Donut Media

    What's a color you wish your favorite manufacturer would bring back?

    • Aaron Whitesell
      Aaron Whitesell

      GM deep Adriatic sea blue. On my 94 k2500HD

    • Fred Tan
      Fred Tan

      Guard Green for the Mustang!

    • A1MAR

      Anything vibrant and fun really

    • Prashant Maharana
      Prashant Maharana

      Red colour

    • Matt Nutt
      Matt Nutt

      Goodwood green

  • Professor B
    Professor B

    Colors are not boring its just more cars to many and you see the same colors more, black is still hard and sexy.

  • Kieran Sulikosky
    Kieran Sulikosky

    Finally a Nolan video that doesn't suck.

  • Lucifer Masked
    Lucifer Masked

    We did bounce back until the coronavirus

  • Mohd Aiman Azrie
    Mohd Aiman Azrie

    can't blame civic type-r for always being painted (championship) white imo, because that's related to their success in racing

  • Ezydenias

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="549">9:09</a> nice bringing up a myth! Which is not factual. But it is a myth so it is a reason why it isn't to popular.

  • Aperture Michelle
    Aperture Michelle

    Or if you got the cash use electronic shifting .lumilor paint... You can paint your car like a EDM blasting cuttlefish that wont shut up about how dope beat saber is.

  • Cyril Matthew
    Cyril Matthew

    For me the absence of manual trans is the one of the main factors that makes modern cars boooring

  • Angus Loughor-Clarke
    Angus Loughor-Clarke

    Here in Africa where it is very hot, there are many white cars, and that is to help reflect heat so that the car does not get too hot

  • James andrade
    James andrade

    A great attempt at making sense of whats going on, however though everything you sated is part of the equation there are two major points that you missed and one minor point that you hinted at but didn't really address. first the two most expensive pigments to make are red and blue, they are also the colors that are most subject to fade and sun damage. so yes 10 years down the line a faded silver or white car will hold a better resale than a faded blue or red car because, well lets be honest, you cant really tell that much and most shades of silver look faded to begin with. One of the major points is, we as Americans are losing our car culture. we buy and drive cars like the prius, leaf, and ultima. as examples. Though they may be reliable transportation they absolutely do not say hey lets take a road trip, in fact they scream that bicycle with the plastic basket strapped to the handle bars is looking more fun. The biggest reason, I believe, goes back to to manufacturing. with fewer color options in both exterior and interiors cars can be toured out faster which will cost far less over all. its easy to make a white car with grey interior or a white car with tan interior. the black and silver cars have the same interior options. back in the 1990's you still got color matching interior options. reds, blues, greens, tans, browns, blacks, greys, leather vinyl, cloth . People are just content to take whats given, not demand whats wanted.

  • Humech

    I just bought a blue truck. Heck!

  • Kevin Cruz
    Kevin Cruz

    Panther Pink!!

  • Tony Big Muscles
    Tony Big Muscles

    yeah all the other colors look cool but im a sucker for some white

  • Chris Marshall
    Chris Marshall

    Sadly I am one of those boring people. Favorite car color is white on cars, but only if I put on some nice gold wheels and deck it out a bit more with performance mods.

  • Bling-Bling Boy
    Bling-Bling Boy

    Why do cars look so bad now

  • Alex Fisher
    Alex Fisher

    vw's tornado red

  • SpaceSpaider

    Definetly not the video for someone who enjoys the contrast between white paint and black accesories on cars lmao;;; Still it's nice to know how paint works in the industry and how it affects manufacturers and consumers, nice vid!

  • Drum44er

    Both of my cars are black on black hahahahahaha

  • Tyler Humpfer
    Tyler Humpfer

    except for my motorcycle (only color offered that year was white, and it was way to good of a deal to pass up) I've only ever owned cars in actual colors, not shades. Blue Malibu in High school, Red Ram 1500 that was traded in for a new Blue Streak Pearl Metallic (amazing color) one, the Fiancee had a red Sonata that got swapped for my work beater Trooper in green, and my Ram was sold for the new family hauler in dark blue (granted black in most lighting) Palisade. will always choose an actual color over a plain shade.

  • John Lee
    John Lee

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="225">3:45</a> it's**

  • Marko Kap
    Marko Kap

    I own a silver e36 and it's SO BORING

  • dot

    no one: ford lightning: hold meh beer

  • Steve Fugate
    Steve Fugate

    Way to predict a recession during a recession...

  • eduardo rivera
    eduardo rivera

    Please explain how to paint with milk

  • Ashok mahay
    Ashok mahay

    Nice video #AMMOTIVATIONAL

  • Yellow Circle
    Yellow Circle

    The colors back then would cover up how ugly the car actually looks. Cars today are so good looking that minimalistic is all it needs

  • searcher

    Color doesnt change insurance rate according to what I looked up on google. Gonna have to leave a dislike. Expected a lot more from this youtube channel. 💩☹

  • John McCall
    John McCall

    You don't pay a higher insurance premium because of the color of your car.

  • Sinead Thomas
    Sinead Thomas

    I want a purple car!

  • Henry Jason
    Henry Jason

    Nobody: My shitbox 96 grand cherokee in cherry red: Hold Meh Beer

  • Zoster

    erm, the higher insurance for red cars is a myth

  • Keaton Bray
    Keaton Bray

    I remember when i was kid probably back in 06 or 07 my mom and i went to the car dealer where my dad worked and my mom commented how all the cars were gray, white, silver and black. So i don't think that trend is changing any time soon. Also my favorite color by far for a car is charcoal gray

  • Ciel Mendoza
    Ciel Mendoza

    It’s all like black and white in the 2000’s.

  • vortex traxpell
    vortex traxpell

    It depends on the country. In Spain and in Germany cars have all sorts of colors

  • John Foltz
    John Foltz

    Or that ugly so called gold color, aka tan or beige colored.

  • John K Lindgren
    John K Lindgren

    Here in Thailand there is only one unique blue color. MG ZS (ZULU SIERRA) EV (100% electric) The color: COPENHAGEN BLUE! mnsoft.info/hd/video/oaLbzJaoqNSsbKk

  • John K Lindgren
    John K Lindgren

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="305">5:05</a> Dude, did you really GO METRIC? “K I L O” Like, no more fucking, confusing LBS “Lot of Bull Shit”, Liquid OUNZE! Or FAHRENHEIT... in these CORONA, COVID-19 times. That’s what Free World needs: Fahrenheit. Dude, keep going METRIC!!! YOU can do it Inch x Inch. Bangkok-Johnnie, your only fanboy from THAILAND (officially Metric country)

  • turn on tune in drop out
    turn on tune in drop out

    Colors are eccentric. And people are told to act normal. Acting normal is to fit the given narrative. Like a grey mass mouse not sticking out his head from the field. Its normal to not stick out and thus. Colors adapt to that. People are told to act normal and that is routine it's boring its plain.its visible in cars you could say

  • I eat food
    I eat food

    Its cause people are boring

  • Draqu VerDe
    Draqu VerDe

    Nardo gry is my color of my audi a3 8p coupe 2005.

  • bwatever

    BMW's Crimson Red for the 6th series 635CSI

  • Mercedes Benz 30 Years DTM
    Mercedes Benz 30 Years DTM

    You simplify your life or *simp* lify ur life? Which one?

  • oh boy
    oh boy

    future: need more color in cars coronavirus: hold my bear

  • Bdawg 11
    Bdawg 11

    Yeah man I got a bright blue 1997 4 runner and my mom has a white 2018 4 runner. What’s up with that

  • NeverMetTheGuy


  • Apollo creed
    Apollo creed

    Donut Media - recession in the next couple of years. Corona- hold my Corona !

  • Paul Coronia
    Paul Coronia

    I hope time will come different color's price will not matter anymore btw, I like that stanced widebody shopping cart at the end

  • Cathy O'Halloran
    Cathy O'Halloran

    The colour I choose depends on the type of car and edited this comment to say my favorite colour is blue

  • ilichio

    Just stupid how the insurance companies in the us charge more for a red car.

  • Koopo900 Xbx
    Koopo900 Xbx

    Plum crazy or whatever it’s called on HSV gts

  • Julián Alexander González
    Julián Alexander González

    no one: ford lighting: hold meh beer

  • piedthepiper

    Nobody: Ford lightning:hold my beer

  • Sue C
    Sue C

    Lime green with a hint of metallic yellow is my fav color, especially on an old 'Cuda with black striping.

  • The Roblox Noob
    The Roblox Noob

    If society like futuristic colors. Chrome is the color to go.

  • Jackson Hazeltine
    Jackson Hazeltine

    Does this guy not know what a comma is?

  • Jhezryl Gundran
    Jhezryl Gundran


  • Radityo Muhamad
    Radityo Muhamad

    *no one* : *ford lightning* : hold my beer

  • Shaun Beakley
    Shaun Beakley

    We own exclusively blue cars let's get it

  • Niznutt

    They make a wrangler in every color on the left

  • Kei Gambit
    Kei Gambit

    Which is whyyyy i bought a red P106, then a subaru blue MG ZR trophy and then a..... silver honda s2000.. damn.... i got sucked in huh

  • Wyatt Fortune
    Wyatt Fortune

    Not only are the colors boring. Most cars nowadays are boring themselves. We’re lucky we still get some modern muscle cars.

  • Mic_Glow

    I don't care about trends but have a grey/ silver car. Mainly because a dusty silver car looks the same as a clean silver car. "recession in a couple of years" you misspelled "months". Half of the world got house arrest, companies are firing and falling, there is less consumption and production, countries are using up their reserves and/ or going into debt...

  • John H
    John H

    The same problem with modern motor bikes . Black , charcoal , dark grey , dull silver . Boring colours . Even folks in the motorcycle blogs comment the same . The colours are so bla that people are avoiding buying them .

  • papakfmcnados king
    papakfmcnados king

    Buying cars from dealers and getting cars through finance or other deals with companies that already buy fleets of cars to sell off and they rarely buy colourful cars has a big effect.

  • John Tminustwentyminutes Mercier
    John Tminustwentyminutes Mercier

    Not just the colors, the shapes too.

  • Angelo

    Every comment is about the colors But why is no one talking about the Ferrari that’s off road?

  • Steve Keeling
    Steve Keeling

    Ad... really

  • Cindy Bates
    Cindy Bates

    My fav colour is green

  • Fred E
    Fred E

    For now, it would seem that motorbikes are the only vehicles with interesting or colorful paint. I know I steer away from buying drab bikes when I'm window shopping.

  • Bacon & Pancakes Production
    Bacon & Pancakes Production

    Was there an error made when making the video at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="415">6:55</a> ? "Silver was the most popular for 10 years until it was dethroned by white" *shows white being dethroned by silver"

    • Bacon & Pancakes Production
      Bacon & Pancakes Production

      But because of your very charismatic and entertaining host, I've subbed

  • Fred E
    Fred E

    I like yellow and purple as individual colors. For combo colors, purple, green, and black are my ideal.

  • EbenTv

    Why do red cars cost more? I have a Red Hellcat.

  • djay4487 deved
    djay4487 deved

    vibrantassgreen PUREGREEN

  • The Firebird Flock
    The Firebird Flock

    The prowler looks best in purple

  • Mike Parker
    Mike Parker

    another recession in the next couple years? Don’t you mean RIGHT NOW

  • Creasedjoker99

    Well we had bounced back from the financial crisis of 2008.

  • Chase Lacko
    Chase Lacko


  • Jason Wade
    Jason Wade

    I'm going to create a colour

    • Fred E
      Fred E

      Actually, that would be a sick pearlecsant color.

    • Fred E
      Fred E

      Ultra viored?

  • Element

    Because cars are no longer an expression of self, they are simple appliances to be disposed of when they break down. Do you want your kitchen appliances in white black or stainless (silver)?

  • Main google acc.
    Main google acc.

    I went with white bc that FL sun!!

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