Why most Rental Cars have Black Interiors

When on holiday or a work trip, you may have felt the need to rent a car to travel the city. Be it a fancy sports car or a safe sedan, you may have noticed that most often the interiors of these vehicles are always black or dark coloured.

It was Henry Ford who said, “The customer can have a car painted in any colour that he wants so long as it is black.” Even though he meant the exteriors, have you ever wondered why the interiors of most rentals are black? Gumtree gives you the inside scoop.

  1.     The most obvious reason for dark or black interiors is the perception of being clean. Not that we are saying rental cars are not clean, but hiding juice or coffee stains can be much easier with black seating or interiors, right?
  2.     Using black seating and interiors is more cost-effective than other colours. Rental companies are looking to save as much money as they can and using black can save them big bucks in the long run.
  3.     Generally, black is a common colour for cars, rental or otherwise. So, the probability of rental cars with black interiors is high.
  4.     Black interiors can also be a suitable option for places with colder climates as black is an excellent absorber of heat.
  5.     Black seating and upholstery is also a safe bet that matches with several different coloured trims including wood or aluminium.
  6.     Finally, selling cars with black interiors and upholstery is easier than the lighter options. Thus, if a rental company decides to sell a few cars in its fleet, they want the sale to be quick and smooth.

Now that you have the knowledge, it is time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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