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by Tim Beissmann

If your car doesn’t have a name, it’s in the unloved minority.

According to an online poll by UK website WeBuyAnyCar, 53 percent of motorists give their vehicles a name.

The most popular name? Betty. Followed by Betsy. Then Bess, and Bertie. Clearly there’s something about the letter ‘B’ for car namers, with Bertha and Bob also inside the top 10:

  1. Betty
  2. Betsy
  3. Bess
  4. Bertie
  5. Daisy
  6. Bertha
  7. Meg
  8. Charlie
  9. Herbie
  10. Bob

The name Harrison was also especially high among Ford drivers.

The poll of 3000 vehicle owners found that women are more likely than men to become emotionally attached to their car, with 60 percent naming their rides compared with 41 percent of men.

Irrespective of gender, one in four admitted to shedding a tear when saying goodbye to their car for the final time.

First cars, blue cars and red cars are the most likely to get names, while grey cars and green cars more often remain nameless.

The poll also found that car names are very personal. Only 12 percent of people chose to pass on their car’s name to its next owner, and just two percent of buyers chose to stick with the inherited name.

One of the best names uncovered in the poll was ‘God’, as the owner said of his car: “it moves in mysterious ways”.

Do you have a name for your car? Let us know in the comment section below.




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