Recently as a family, we have been looking to buy a second car. We have a dark blue car but we decided that we needed a second car. I wanted a purple car. A purple car would go nicely with a dark blue one I thought. However, there aren’t many purple cars for sale. My weird thought is: where are all the purple cars?

Will this car do?

Will this car do?

Whenever car shopping, one naturally starts to notice the cars on the roads. So as we started car shopping, I started to see with new eyes the many cars that passed me by as I sat and sipped my coffee in one of the many coffee shops I patronize. I also looked at cars in car parks, cars parked on the side of the road and cars on TV. The conclusion: cars these days are mostly either grey, silver, white or black.

Why is that? There aren’t even that many red or blue cars on the roads at the moment. I’m sure that even five years ago (when my eldest and I used to play ‘count the car colours’) there was a better mix of blue, red, black, silver, grey and white cars. Now, it seems, the black, silver, grey and white cars have overtaken the roads and overtaken the world.

My dream car

My dream car

We have now bought our car, and it is black. It isn’t purple. We couldn’t find a purple Ford Focus (or whatever sensible make of car we went for, I wanted a Beetle). The range of  colours that bland cars come in is the following: grey, silver, black or white. I think that is most unfair.

What makes my argument for searching for a purple car weaker is that apparently going boring is the best option, financially.

This admitting of defeat on my part is especially irksome to me as the colour of the car you choose to drive, it is argued, says something about your personality. I’d like the chance to reflect my personality through my purple car (creative, intuitive, unique – that’ll do me) but I have no choice. Instead, I have to change my personality to match my car (it seems I need to become more aggressive, competitive and intimidating).

I think this is the car we bought but I didn't pay attention

I think this is the car we bought but I didn’t pay attention

So Grrrr I’m going to be ANGRY about not having the chance to buy a PURPLE CAR grrrrrr.