Celebrities, relatives and even registration plates have inspired over a third of car owners to give their motor a nickname
- Bessie, Boris, Monty and Sybil amongst the most popular
- The Beast, Ermintrude, Flying Satsuma and Tank amongst some of the more quirky favourites
More than a third (35%) of car owners admit to giving their treasured motors a nickname, according to a new study from Sainsbury’s Bank.
The vehicle registration plate is the most popular reason for choosing a name with 22% citing this as their source of inspiration. And while a fifth (20%) said the name they chose was entirely random, 16% said a specific vehicle trait such as colour or size dictated their choice. For 12%, a celebrity or famous character was their source of inspiration while 8% cited friends and family.
Top 10 most popular car names:
Sainsbury’s Bank pick of the quirkiest car names:
The purple people eater
Hermione the highly intelligent Honda
Gandalf the Grey
Tom Thomson, Head of Sainsbury’s Car Insurance said: “Our research brought to light a lot of very quirky, fun and affectionate names that owners have given to their cars. For many people, their car is an important part of their day-to-day life, so it’s no surprise that so many motorists have given their vehicle a nickname.”
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