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Have you ever given your car a name?

More than one in four UK motorists have named their car, new research suggests.

Some 28% of drivers give their car a name, with Doris, Dave, Henry, Betsy and The Beast among the most popular choices, according to a DVLA survey.

Women are almost twice as likely to name their car as men (65% and 35% respectively), while the most common age range who do this is people between 55 and 64.

Have you ever given your car a name and if so what was it?  Has your current car got a name? Does anyone else in your family name their car?

Have you ever given your car a name?

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Pussk2
5 days ago
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My old Fiesta was called Fiona.
Eviee
13th Jul 2018
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I have a Fiat 500. Goes by the name of Arfer......cos sizewise, it’s only half a car !!! Lol
viking
11th Jul 2018
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Only when it breaks down or won't start !
Costezuela
10th Jul 2018
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My wife and me have always called our cars 'Betsy' - from the first old banger to these days with new cars.
petertuck
8th Jul 2018
1
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big mamma daisy
8th Jul 2018
1
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I don't always name my car but when I bought a datsun cherry I was told his name was Wogen. He kept his name when he eventually moved on. I also had a motor home called Isa as we used two isas to pay for her. She was sold to a lady whose name was Isa.
violetM
8th Jul 2018
1
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Mine is Rosy, bright red and gorgeous.
LynnTownsend
7th Jul 2018
1
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My current car is called Bloo - the last one was Pinky !
Pwilly
6th Jul 2018
1
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I had a 26 year old MK3 Golf. He was called VEG after his number plate. He was very well known around Tavistock and people would pat him when they passed him. He could knock spots off the tin can Micra I have now.
su5y
6th Jul 2018
1
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I used to have a Corsa that had a mind of its own, so I called it Christine (Steven King) Sometimes it would lock me out, sometimes lock me in. The wipers would start on their own, things like that. Obviously an electrical fault but we could never solve it.
bluemoon239
6th Jul 2018
1
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No way sounds ridiculous to me !!
Hank999
5th Jul 2018
1
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It's harmless but I've never named a non-living object
Alicia
1st Jul 2018
0
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Hazel
1st Jul 2018
2
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My very first car was a Morris Oxford which I named "Molly"...50 odd years later I now have a "Millie"
jorid
1st Jul 2018
2
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Ha Ha I called my cars many a name when they broke down in the middle of nowhere.
But yep my first was a del boy, then a grumpy old git (which i got rid of fast) went onto cool dude and last one gypsy jo. She has gone and i am still in same place 6 months on ha ha
Wilf
30th Jun 2018
3
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Our first car was called Basil after Basil on Faulty Towers as it was an Austin 1100 like the one he "wipped" with a branch. It was absolutly brilliant as it only cost £90 and went for about 2 years but the wife hated it...no loathed it would be a better word as it was so degrading to be seen in. We eventially flogged Basil for a few quid and bought our next car a Fiat Uno from my mum-we though we "was proper posh"!
Lionel
1st Jul 2018
1
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Well, Wilf, my first car when I was still in London was a corrugated bonnet Citroen 2CV. A 403cc engine, no heating but a lot of ventilation, thanks to ill fitting doors and canvas roof. I should say it leaked in the rain as well, right over the passenger seat. Originally is was a mid grey but I had it resprayed very bright yellow.

I'd invited a rather upmarket girlfriend to dinner one evening and collected her in my car. She was not impressed. Arriving at Brown's Hotel in the West End I hopped out as the Commissionaire opened the passenger door for her. Handed him the keys and said, park this, would you please?

Being in a line of limousines was vaguely embarrassing, but thrilling none the less.

After dinner the commissionaire delivered my car. He simply said, couldn't fathom the gear change. He had a nice tip that evening.

Sometimes it pays to be different. I was with that girlfriend for some years but she never forgave me for that evening.
Wilf
2nd Jul 2018
2
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Lionel I have my own Citroen 2CV story. In 1977 I was working with pals in the South of France picking grapes. The owner of the farm was about 90 and drove his 2CV into a ditch. We offered to help get it out and tried to lift it with the front panel which unfortunately came away in our hands! he was not best pleased!
Lionel
2nd Jul 2018
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Ha! That was a good one Wilf.

I used to think it was only the fresh coat of paint that held mine together.

I nick named it 'Holy' because it was just that. Leaked everywhere. The acceleration was so poor I wrote a sign for the back window. '0 - 60 in 3 weeks. Please pass.'

Got stopped by Motorway cops on the southern end of the M1 about 3 miles from where I joined the road. Speed had reach 35 mph. They took one look at the car and asked if I though it ought to be on the road?
Wilf
2nd Jul 2018
1
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Yes they were dodgy Lionel-if a couple of skinny teenagers could pull the wing off it was not exactly complient with EU safety regulations (not that they had them then!)
Margaret Hart
30th Jun 2018
2
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Up until just a few years ago all my cars had names and I don’t really know when or why I stopped but I would guess it would be about 2000 as I lost my memory due to an anaesthetic and having to remember car names would have been a bit silly as it was so hard to get everything else back. I remember I had an Alfa Sud in Red which I called the Red Devil as it was a real fun little car with a 1600 engine which I loved. Long before that we had a Skoda which was called Hoppy as if you wanted to change gear you had to nearly stop and double de clutch it as it wouldn’t change without and that was at only 3 months old so we couldn’t wait to get red of it. My last 2 have been Mondeo Estates which are very useful but don’t inspire any names.
Yodama
30th Jun 2018
1
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All my cars over the years have been named Mildred, I am on Mildred 11 now.
I have another car which is a bit more butch if you can say that about a car, his name is Orazio, named after a temperamental Italian friend I once had.
Maybe I am away with the fairies but I do believe they perform better if you talk to them by name, a bit like plants, all my plants have names.. and yes I talk to them too.

I am looking around nervously now, has someone phoned the men in white coats??
jorid
2nd Jul 2018
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I laughed Yodama when you HAD an Italian then saw friend oops sorry could not help that remark
Yodama
3rd Jul 2018
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Now now old girl, don't want you jumping to conclusions. Too much exercise of the mind can be exhausting.
My Italian friend which I ONCE had, (oops!) was indeed ill tempered rambunctious and temperamental, all that arm waving unnerved me at times, didn't quite know in which direction to duck.
By the way..haven't had a had for at least a thousand years.

You are a mischievous Jorid!
Salky
30th Jun 2018
2
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Our first little Golf was christened Betsy. Not a ruddy clue why, we just started to call it by that name.
We have a new one now and it’s nameless, but when I met the lady who bought Betsy, she’s renamed it George.
Are we crackers or what??
Lionel
1st Jul 2018
1
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Yep! Completely crackers and completely normal. My first car, a 2CV, detailed above, was nicknamed 'holy.' There was nothing sacred about it at all, just that when it rained we found it had so many holes in the body and canvas roof.
ArchieUK
30th Jun 2018
1
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My wife has a name for the car, especially on cold winter mornings ------ You ****** Thing.
Woottonm
30th Jun 2018
1
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Think your wife's name for the car is brilliant..

. Mine is called Rosie due to the colour but in a few years time may be the name will be the same as your wife's
kentrix39
30th Jun 2018
2
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EvanEvans
30th Jun 2018
1
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I've got an old SAAB, Sven!

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