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Kate Torgovnick
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Ugly Car Colors.
4 Comments | posted April 03rd, 2007 at 09:33 pm by Kate Torgovnick

I had a friend in high school who drove the ugliest colored car ever—it was a color I can only refer to as vomit orange. I’d assumed that it was used and all she could afford because it never occurred to me that anyone would choose such a color. But then she told me that she actually bought this car and picked it out from all the others on the lot. Why? She claimed that because fewer cars of that color would made it was rarer and would be worth more money when she traded it in. I’ve been trying to confirm or disprove this theory for years, so anyone with any information, please pass it on.

And why am I thinking about this now? I was in Texas this weekend (hanging out with cheerleaders for my book, Making the Castle) and almost everyone had bizarre yellow, orange, and mint green colored cars. But then again, I went to a bar that had a pool in the back. Fun for water volleyball, but not such a good idea when you’re also offering pitchers. —Kate orange-car.jpgviolet-car.jpgyellow-car.jpg

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  1. The theory about the value of odd-colored cars doesn’t seem to hold water. If there are so few people who would buy a new vomit orange car, won’t there be even fewer people who’d buy a used one?

    Also, a pool in the back of a bar? Please tell me they had lifeguards.

    April 4th, 2007 | 12:01 pm
  2. That orange car is disgusting. It just seems wrong.

    April 4th, 2007 | 1:55 pm
  3. Kate Torgovnick

    Lifeguard shmifeguard.

    April 4th, 2007 | 11:18 pm
  4. nahoko

    Can you imagine going to get your haircut and only being able to choose between like 5 different styles? And everyone around you would just have one of these 5 different styled haircuts? And you go to the store or (on-line) and all they have are these 5 different outfits? Okay, so I’d never get a vomit orange colored car (what would you have to vomit to make it that orange anyway,) but I can appreciate having crazy colors on the road. Maybe it makes life just a little less stale, at the vomit orange colored car owner’s expense. If crazy colored cars had always existed, we probably wouldn’t think anything of it. But then again, maybe they existed and were extinguished based on survival of the fittest. Those crazy color cars definitely have a lower resale value.

    April 10th, 2007 | 11:56 pm

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