Drivers love to name their cars

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BRITS have revealed the most popular ‘pet’ names for their cherished cars – with Betsy, George, and Beast topping the list.

A study of 2,000 drivers found four in 10 have named a car, with Bessie, Betty, Bertha, and Bertie also common monikers.

David Baddiel reads memoirs about people's relationships to their cars

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David Baddiel reads memoirs about people’s relationships to their cars

Boris, Lucy, and Dolly completed the top 10, with other popular names including Bella, Priscilla, and Rusty.

It also emerged 60 per cent feel they grow emotionally attached to their car, with 37 per cent going as far as to say they feel like it is a friend or family member.

While Gen Z adults, aged 18-24, went a step further – claiming to feel more attached to their vehicle than their parents (35 per cent) or grandparents (33 per cent).

The stats emerged in a study by Your Red Car, a new online auto marketplace powered by Santander.

TOP 30 CAR NAMES

1. Betsy

2. George

3. Beast

4. Bessie

5. Betty

6. Bertha

7. Bertie

8. Boris

9. Lucy

10. Dolly

11. Molly

12. Baby

13. Bella

14. Blue

15. Priscilla

16. Bluebird

17. Rusty

18. Jack

19. Milly

20. Roxy

21. Dave

22. Suzie

23. Peggy

24. Percy

25. Cherry

26. Daisy

27. Phoebe

28. Bert

29. Billy

30. Fiona

They’ve partnered with writer and comedian, David Baddiel, to bring seven real life memoirs of pre-loved cars to life in a series of short stories, entitled The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars.

David Baddiel said: “Cars aren’t just transport – every car you own can bring back a memory of your life as it was then.  

“The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars stories are funny and moving – they’re about love, discovery, unforgettable road trips and a casual gift from a king.

“Curating them has proved how evocative of things past cars can be.”

The study also found 31 per cent of drivers refer to their cars as ‘she/her’, while 19 per cent say ‘he/him’.

Others express their love for their cars by buying accessories (36 per cent) and talking to them (32 per cent).

While some show their affection by stroking the dashboard (22 per cent), parking them next to other ‘friendly cars’ (21 per cent) and even give them a hug (10 per cent).

But the research, carried out through OnePoll, found the devotion to their vehicles means they also struggle to part with them, with 29 per cent feeling sad and 30 per cent feeling sentimental when they sell it.

And 18 per cent of Londoners even claimed they would rather break up with their partner than sell their favourite car.

While a quarter of 18–24-year-olds found selling their favourite car more upsetting than breaking up with an ex-love (27 per cent), being cheated on (24 per cent) or losing a pet (24 per cent).

Denton Brock, head of Your Red Car, said “Every pre-loved car has its own story, just like the ones featured in The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars series.”  

The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars series, curated by David Baddiel for Your Red Car, is available to read on yourredcar.co.uk.

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