Naming Cars Shows Love for Our Motors

Posted on 08 August 2018 by CarTakeBack

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Research by DVLA has shown that 28% of motorists in the UK have named their car, showing that we can be quite sentimental with our motors. We're not surprised, we hear lots of fond farewells from customers when they sell their cars with us.

BMWs, Fords, Hyundais, Toyotas and Vauxhalls were the most commonly named cars.

A whopping 41% of people between the ages of 55 to 64 who did the DVLA survey said that they gave their car a name, and it also showed that women are twice as likely to name their car than men. Interestingly, the area of the UK most likely to have cars with names is the East Midlands, and the least likely is Northern Ireland.

Man Hugging His Car

Amongst the most popular names were 'Bumble', 'Dave', Henry', Betsy', 'Doris', and 'The Beast', with name inspiration often coming from the colour, make and model, or the look of the vehicle. Lots of people buy personalised registrations to match the names of their cars, but some choose the name based on the existing number plate. In the CarTakeBack office, we have a Windy Knickers, a Winnie and a Bob that each got their names from their registrations!

Though it's not known when or why the trend of naming cars started, we think it really gives the car a personal touch, and we love hearing the weird and wonderful ones that our customers come up with!

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