White cars used to be the prerogative of weddings, and the motorway police. Otherwise best avoided, unless you fancied cleaning them every week. But there are so many white vehicles on the roads now. In fact, white has been on the rise with a vengeance since 2008. And now it’s become the most popular colour for new cars. Last year it was chosen by nearly a quarter of buyers.
Some people say it’s because of our economic times, things being more monotone and less colourful. Others say that the paints are simply better, particularly the pearlescent finishes.
But I think it’s down to one thing. The growth in widely available, inexpensive hand car washes. There always seems to be a big queue at my local car wash, so they must be doing good business.