UK Drivers Reveal Top 10 Car Nicknames – Does Yours Make The List?

UK motorists have revealed the most popular names they bestow on their cars – with Betsy, George, and Beast topping the list.

One in four Brits has given their car a nickname, with 60% revealing they are emotionally attached to their car and 37% admitting that they feel like their motor is a friend or family member. Almost a third of younger adults, aged 18-24, went as far as to say that they felt more attached to their vehicle than their parents or grandparents.

The findings were published in a survey of 2,000 adults by Your Red Car, a new online auto marketplace, powered by Santander.

Your Red Car has also collaborated with celebrity, David Baddiel, to bring real-life memoirs of pre-loved cars to life in a series of seven short stories, entitled The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars.

Comedian and author Baddiel said: “Cars aren’t just transport – every car you own can bring back a memory of your life as it was then. 

“The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars stories are funny and moving – they’re about love, discovery, unforgettable road trips and a casual gift from a king.

“Curating them has proved how evocative of things past cars can be.”

Denton Brock, head of Your Red Car, added “Every pre-loved car has its own story, just like the ones featured in The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars series.” 

UK motorists also revealed that 31 per cent of them refer to their cars as ‘she/her’, while 19 per cent say ‘he/him’.

36% of those surveyed treat their cars by buying accessories – while 32% admit talking to them.

This devotion to their car means drivers also struggle to part with them, with 29% feeling sad when the time comes to sell it – and 18% of Londoners admit they would rather break up with their partner than sell their favourite car.

Top 10 UK car nicknames

  1. Betsy
  2. George
  3. Beast
  4. Bessie
  5. Betty
  6. Bertha
  7. Bertie
  8. Boris
  9. Lucy
  10. Dolly

The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars series, curated by David Baddiel for Your Red Car, is available to read on the Your Red Car website.