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1 in 4 Motorists Nickname Their Cars — Dave’s Diary

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t was tough to say good bye to the ox—she was a good ol car.  In this case ox stands for Chevy Equinox.   Of course we love her replacement, the T-Rex! (that’s Chevy Traverse to those outside the family circle of trust)

How about you–have you given your car a nickname? If so, you’re in good company. Fully 25 percent of us have given our vehicles a special name, according to an online survey by Nationwide Insurance of 1,082 car owners.

To Americans our cars are more than cars–we have an emotional connection to our cars. The memories car owners experience with their automobiles are very special and the nicknaming of their cars is a true demonstration of this connection.”

  • 36 percent of young adults, ages 18 to 34, have a nickname for their car, far more than any other age group.
  • 31 percent were inspired to give their car a nickname based on its color and appearance.
  • 27 percent of women and 17 percent of men have a nickname for their vehicle.
  • 26 percent think of their car as a female.
  • Men are more likely than women to name their car after a famous/historical person (9 percent men vs. 4 percent women) or character in a movie (10 percent men vs. 4 percent women).

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