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42% Of US Car Owners Name Their Vehicles

On October 2nd it’s time to make a commitment to your wheels.  On National Name Your Car Day, give your trusty automobile what it really needs.

Many of you most likely remember Herbie the Love Bug, Lightning McQueen from Cars, Kit from Knight Rider, General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard and Bandit from Smokey and the Bandit. These are just some of the famous car names that are known by millions of people.

If you’re having trouble selecting a name for a car this website can help. Its the Car Name Generator.

What world-famous car brand names actually mean

  • 42% of US car owners name their vehicles
  • 25% of Americans prefer silver cars
  • Women are 7% more likely than men to name their vehicles
  • 55% of respondents personify vehicles as female
  • 56% believe that a car’s personality, make and model, and color influence the vehicle’s name
  • 78% of drivers who name their car know someone else who has named their car too
  • 6% of all car names are Betsy and Betty,
  • 66% of the vehicles on the road are at least 5 years old
  • 51% of drivers estimate that they spend at least $1,000 per year toward their vehicle (this includes maintenance and aftermarket upgrades)
  • Over 60% of drivers are seeking to upgrade their wheels within the next three years
  • 73% of drivers still prefer to buy cars from dealerships
  • Nearly three quarters (73%) of those surveyed acknowledging that naming a car ‘fosters a stronger bond’ with that vehicle.
  • 42 percent noted that they will begin saving for a new vehicle at least six months before they make the purchase
  • 66% of the vehicles are at least 5 years old·
  • 38% say they are more likely to buy American in their next car purchase vs 15% who say they are less likely to purchase American with their next car


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