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2012-06-25 09:24:11 AM
As the owner of a bright blue car.


SUCK IT REDS!
 
2012-06-25 09:43:19 AM
That makes me feel better about the metallic orange my wife picked.

/it's still pretty farking ugly
 
2012-06-25 09:46:24 AM
if you want to be low key, get white. no one looks twice.
 
2012-06-25 09:47:44 AM
Cops seem more attuned to how you drive rather than what you drive. My ride is red, and i havent been pulled over in thirteen years of driving it. That may be due to the fact that I drive like a granny on the street. Get me in the mud and it's a different story...

As for bird poop, I get my share but that doesnt mean a thing. It just blends in with the mud.

/love gettin' high, hate being low
//like to drive my truck down a muddy dirt road
 
2012-06-25 09:48:57 AM

some_beer_drinker: if you want to be low key, get white. no one looks twice.


White, beige, silver, slate, black.

/green
 
2012-06-25 09:49:51 AM

some_beer_drinker: if you want to be low key, get white. no one looks twice.


That seems to be backed up by Snopes.
 
2012-06-25 10:00:20 AM
I bought a black car, figured dirt wouldn't show. I neglected to remember that the `dirt' here in the winter time is ash and salt. Yeah, it shows.
 
d3
2012-06-25 10:10:37 AM
I once owned a blue car along with my yellow one. Parked them both under the same tree outside the house. The blue one got crap all over it, the yellow one almost never. My theory is the birds are afraid the yellow is a big bee they don't want to piss off.
 
2012-06-25 10:10:59 AM
Green cars are so ugly birds won't even deign to shiat on them.
 
2012-06-25 10:12:00 AM
TsarTom:
some_beer_drinker: if you want to be low key, get white. no one looks twice.

That seems to be backed up by Snopes.


Huh, that Snopes link also claims red cars do not cost more to insure, which is what I'd always heard.

Why the hell are so many cars boring black, grey, or silver? It makes it look like everyone's driving a rental.
 
2012-06-25 10:12:02 AM

nekom: I bought a black car, figured dirt wouldn't show. I neglected to remember that the `dirt' here in the winter time is ash and salt. Yeah, it shows.


I also own a black car. My previous car was black, as well. Road dirt, pollen, and scratches are more visible, so you need to do a bit more maintenance then a white or light colored car.

Just simonize it yourself once a year, or buy some of that no-wash wax to use on scratches.
 
2012-06-25 10:20:13 AM

lewismarktwo: some_beer_drinker: if you want to be low key, get white. no one looks twice.

White, beige, silver, slate, black.

/green


my problem with a silver car was that in the mornings, evenings, and rainy days; I would have a lot of people pull out in front of me. Silver cars are harder to see in less than ideal weather. That's why I went with a bright blue car, everyone sees it coming.
 
2012-06-25 10:21:55 AM
My wife has a blue car. The seagulls drop clams on it.
I have a red car. Never had problems with seagulls, but people keep opening their doors, and denting the side,

Can't bloody win.
 
2012-06-25 11:00:56 AM

Subdue their bellies: Cops seem more attuned to how you drive rather than what you drive. My ride is red, and i havent been pulled over in thirteen years of driving it. That may be due to the fact that I drive like a granny on the street. Get me in the mud and it's a different story...

As for bird poop, I get my share but that doesnt mean a thing. It just blends in with the mud.

/love gettin' high, hate being low
//like to drive my truck down a muddy dirt road


if you want to be pulled over frequently be an attractive woman in a red car, a lady i used to work with was pulled over weekly

and she was a redhead

she did drive slow
 
2012-06-25 11:08:56 AM
Yeah, that sounds about right.
Crap.

Oh well, I'll take a poo attracting red car over the terrible public transit any day.
 
Bf+
2012-06-25 11:22:18 AM

Fish in a Barrel: Green cars are so ugly birds won't even deign to shiat on them.


slyoyster.com
You take that back.
 
2012-06-25 11:37:11 AM
I thought it was crap, too, but...

Subdue their bellies: Cops seem more attuned to how you drive rather than what you drive.


Nope. At least, not universally.

I owned two of the exact same model car in succession -- didn't change my driving style, and it was over only a couple years and at the same address. One was black. One was red. In every other way, they were identical.

The red one got stopped at least once per quarter, and I got rolling-hassled at least weekly. (You know, "pop out of hiding, pace and run the plate, confirm not-a-minority status, blaze off into the distance" hassled. Bonus: It was usually quite a life lesson for new passengers: "Did he just decide not to stop you because he saw you were white?" "Yup, like I've been trying to tell you, many cops are racist assholes." Really confirms one's lack of faith in humanity, or at least authority.)

Yeah, I will never again own a red car, thanks.

At another point, I owned a similar model in white, and could quite literally blow by cops, either in traffic or in speed traps, with near seeming impunity.

(Why yes, I do tend to go through cheap POSes, why do you ask?)

nekom: I bought a black car, figured dirt wouldn't show


Heh. Made the same mistake myself. Black is often gorgeous, but always a pain in the ass. Also on my "never again" list, but mostly because I am lazy.

White / blue / green... boring, but they have their benefits.

Bf+: You take that back.


BRG (or there abouts) on an American icon (yeah, yeah, originally a British body donor)? Travesty!

Here, let me fix that for you:

bringatrailer.com

/ hot
// like both cars!
 
2012-06-25 11:38:19 AM

Bf+: Fish in a Barrel: Green cars are so ugly birds won't even deign to shiat on them.

[slyoyster.com image 640x480]
You take that back.


Your example is not very good.. Cobras should be blue with white stripes anyway.

www.thetorquereport.com

www.virginmedia.com

Here are good looking green cars.
 
2012-06-25 11:46:17 AM
I was untroubled by law enforcement when travelling to and from the folks house in my new Orange Flame Volvo C30 R-Design. It was my first long(ish) road trip in it and it was delightful.

imganuncios.mitula.net
 
2012-06-25 11:49:40 AM

SFSailor: I thought it was crap, too, but...

Subdue their bellies: Cops seem more attuned to how you drive rather than what you drive.

Nope. At least, not universally.

I owned two of the exact same model car in succession -- didn't change my driving style, and it was over only a couple years and at the same address. One was black. One was red. In every other way, they were identical.

The red one got stopped at least once per quarter, and I got rolling-hassled at least weekly. (You know, "pop out of hiding, pace and run the plate, confirm not-a-minority status, blaze off into the distance" hassled. Bonus: It was usually quite a life lesson for new passengers: "Did he just decide not to stop you because he saw you were white?" "Yup, like I've been trying to tell you, many cops are racist assholes." Really confirms one's lack of faith in humanity, or at least authority.)

Yeah, I will never again own a red car, thanks.

At another point, I owned a similar model in white, and could quite literally blow by cops, either in traffic or in speed traps, with near seeming impunity.

(Why yes, I do tend to go through cheap POSes, why do you ask?)

nekom: I bought a black car, figured dirt wouldn't show

Heh. Made the same mistake myself. Black is often gorgeous, but always a pain in the ass. Also on my "never again" list, but mostly because I am lazy.

White / blue / green... boring, but they have their benefits.

Bf+: You take that back.

BRG (or there abouts) on an American icon (yeah, yeah, originally a British body donor)? Travesty!

Here, let me fix that for you:

[bringatrailer.com image 500x295]

/ hot
// like both cars!


Boring? I think not

farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2012-06-25 11:55:18 AM

d3: I once owned a blue car along with my yellow one. Parked them both under the same tree outside the house. The blue one got crap all over it, the yellow one almost never. My theory is the birds are afraid the yellow is a big bee they don't want to piss off.


I had had my yellow convertible mustang for four years the first time I got a bird strike in the car.
 
2012-06-25 12:40:49 PM

nekom: I bought a black car, figured dirt wouldn't show. I neglected to remember that the `dirt' here in the winter time is ash and salt. Yeah, it shows.


While it's counter-intuitive, Black cars tend to show dirt the most, white and silver the least.
 
2012-06-25 03:11:15 PM
Black cars are a labour of love.

img88.imageshack.us
 
2012-06-25 04:57:33 PM
image.shutterstock.com

It's not mine. It looks nicer than mine.
 
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