More than a quarter of people name their cars, research finds

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Author: | Updated: 29 Jun 2018 01:12

Ever given your car a name? Well research from the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority (DVLA) reveals you aren’t alone, with more than a quarter of people (28%) saying they’d done the same thing.

Doris, Dave, Henry, Betsy and Bumble proved to be popular choices, with the largest proportion of those who said they named their car coming from the East Midlands.

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The DVLA discovered women were twice as likely as men to give their car a name (65% and 35% respectively), with the majority of people who said they name their cars aged between 55 and 64.

What’s in a name?

Make, model, colour, as well as the ‘general look’ of the car were the most common reasons for giving it a namesake, with Fords, Vauxhalls, Toyotas, BMWs and Hyundais being the most frequently named marques.

In fact, some people said they go as far as buying personalised number plates to match the name they give their car, which could go some way to explaining the weird and wacky registrations seen on cars.

DVLA personalised registrations manages Jody Davies said: “We sold DOR 1S, DAV 3S, HEN 2Y and HER 81E in the past, as well as personalised registrations where the meaning and significance seems much less obvious.

“It’s no surprise to find that people want to say something about their car in this way – whether the name is something personal to them or a bit of fun that they want to share with others.”

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