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As per a study published in the "British Medical Journal" Silver cars are 1/2 as likely to be involved in accidents as white cars.

The least safe are: Brown, black, and green.

About the same as each other and in the middle of the road accident wise are: White, yellow, gray, red, and blue.

With an average of 3000 people being killed every day in car crashes , maybe folks in a small light car like a Prius could use an edge to help them continue to drive happy for a long long time. Color might be the little something extra that keeps you from being a dead statistic.

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The connection between exterior paint color and accident rate is very interesting. What would be more interesting, is if they could firmly establish why. Perhaps it's a visibility issue, or a driver personality issue. I don't see how a white car isn't visible enough, and the same goes for red. What might be the case is the driver's personality. I heard that some auto insurance companies raise your rates if your car is red, because people who buy red cars can be more agressive and excitable people, and that a fast red car sticks out more to policemen.... Maybe people who buy silver cars are cautious responsible people...

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I was surprised because I had believed white to be safe and yellow, like school busses, to be safe. I love silver and it is my wife's first choice but we were originally requesting other than silver.

NOW IT WILL BE SILVER AS #1 CHOICE FOR US!

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So now the question is, How does this fare with insurance rates?

Which are the best (cheapest inurance rates) colrs?

And which are the highest?

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I think insurance rates are experience based with little extrapolation so they should be or get alligned with reality. Insurance rates are much more likely to be influenced by interpolation and averaging by grouping risks. This could "mask" the effects of color. A form of socialism where the safe colors have to subsidize the unsafe ones.

I would rather buy a color known to be safer than get a slight discount if the insurance rates were not "up to date." Better to be safe than have cheaper rates and greater risk.

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