Does Your Car Have a Name?

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My grandma has a new special someone in her life: a 2013 Buick Verano she affectionately calls Veronica. The new sedan replaced Mindy — that is, Mindy Malibu. The fact that Grandma names her cars is cute, but also a bit weird. Turns out, however, she's not alone. According to a Nationwide Insurance survey, plenty of drivers name their cars.

The insurance agency polled 1,082 U.S. car owners and found that:

  • Nearly 25 percent of U.S. car owners have a special name for their car.
  • More than 31 percent were inspired by the vehicle's color and appearance.
  • Car owners ages 18-34 are significantly more likely to nickname their cars (36 percent).
  • Women are more likely to have a nickname for their cars than men (27 percent versus 17 percent).
  • More than one-fourth (26 percent) of those surveyed think of their car as a girl, with women more likely to have a "baby" girl.
  • Men are more likely than women to name their car after a famous/historical person (9 percent men versus 4 percent women) or a character in a movie (10 percent men versus 4 percent women).

The insurance company's survey is part of its "Meet My Baby" contest. Vehicle owners can visit http://meetmybaby.nationwide.com to submit their car's name and picture; five winners will get a $2,500 gas card, and the grand prize winner will take home $5,000 for a road trip. The contest runs through Nov. 3.

Now it's your turn to fess up; tell us in the comments section below what you call your "baby."

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 22, 2013 | Comments (18)

Comments 

Funny to read this because a friend of mine names her car along with each of her electronic devices.

A. Non E. Mouse

I didn't originally name the car but the kids gave it one as soon as we got it into the garage. The name stuck and now we all refer to it that way.

My family has named every car we've owned. We spend so much time in our cars and they give us so many memories, it's impossible to not have a emotional attachment to them. It just seems cold to leave them nameless.

Currently- my bright yellow Focus is named "Sunshine" and the Daihatsu Charade is named "Yoshi". My fiance's Aveo is named "Abby". He thought I was crazy at first when I named his Aveo, but he has gotten into addressing the cars by name as well

Agent Mike

2013 Jag XF supercharged. Being Huge "Big Bang Theory" fans we call it "Soft Kitty" :)

Anonymous Guy

My Hyundai is named Piglet.

I remember my grandpa having a name for his old green wagon, the green machine. I have yet to name a car but I do treat my car likes its a kid ha.

Peppy

I have names for all my cars, I have: Forest, Flicka, Faith, and Cassie.

Jimbopalmer

I did not name my car, my wife dd.

Go, Go, Gadget Car! is a Toyota Prius v Three

Nix

I once had a Lincoln LSC named "Louise Shotwell Chomondly" called Mavis for short.

Audi

i named my car Beyonce. Shes got a big truck and she's painted "Brilliant Black"

Phill Carton

My 2007 rav4 is named Roxy. My wife calls her mini-van Betty, and my dodge pickup I use in the winter is Sno-mater ( a red pickup with a snow blade)

norman no name

I have always named my cars. Everyone in my family has always named their cars.
Usually we name from the letters in the license plate, but have used the car's color, "given name" etc... as a basis for its "family" name

Ruby

Had an ancient Volvo with a lot of personality in Alaska. I called it Sven, the WonderWolwo. Really good car.

Taylor

My 1984 Mercedes 300D is Gertrude and my 1972 MG Midget in British Racing Green is Lucas.

I had an old wolesely that I called "Vroom" It did not matter how cold it was whenever I started her up she started first time.

samy power

I named my charcoal gray sedan Sherman.

papa goober

My old vw was walter. Ahh good times

ACarKiddd

We have a 01 Maxima named Maxi (Maxima SE) and a 99 Silverado named the Chubster. I love naming our cars and was the one who started it, because I love cars like people, haha. Also, in our family we have Techy the Toyota Venza, Midnight the PT Cruiser, Paula the Chevrolet impala, and Goldy, the Oldsmobile Intrigue.

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