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Old 04-11-2015, 08:17 AM   #1
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Why do people feel the need to name their vehicles?

First and foremost, I have been buying performance-oriented cars for decades, so I am not asking this question from the perspective of someone who does not understand or appreciate "car" culture.

Why do people feel the need to give their inanimate objects names? You can go on any car-oriented website and see it regardless of the make/model. For those that have done it, why? I've owned many cars, but never felt the need to humanize them by giving them a name.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:26 AM   #2
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With no offense to anyone, I have always found it to be... odd... also. When I was a teen, my sister named her car (a Gremlin) "Gary." "I'm going to wash Gary!" "Gary needs some gas." Etc. She sounded odd, like she could not get a real boyfriend or something. To counter it, I told her that I named one of my shoes Lefty and the other one Righty, and that my chair was named Seaty.

I have a lot of cars, I would have to come up with lots of names... AND, I have a passion for many other things I collect (hundreds of guitars and guns, for instance). Would I name them all?

It's enough that I have had to name our 20+ pets.

Of course, as we all know from the TV commercials, this girl named hers "Brad."

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Old 04-11-2015, 08:34 AM   #3
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Some people feel that their car is like an extension of themselves...part of their lives. Special bond they have with their car. Something you take care of and sort of look after. Just like naming a boat.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:53 AM   #4
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An interesting read:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/...r-car/3189269/


"The fact that Grandma names her cars is cute, but also a bit weird. Turns out, however, she's not alone. According to a Nationwide Insurance survey, plenty of drivers name their cars.

The insurance agency polled 1,082 U.S. car owners and found:

•Nearly 25% of U.S. car owners have a special name for their car.

•More than 31% were inspired by the vehicle's color and appearance.

•At 36%, car owners between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely to nickname their cars.

•Women are more likely to have a nickname for their cars than men -- 27% vs. 17%"
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:04 AM   #5
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After watching the "sopranos" on HBO we came up with mafi nicknames for each other. Mine was "Big Boned Stevo Cha Cha La La"
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:38 AM   #6
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The insurance agency polled 1,082 U.S. car owners and found:

•Nearly 25% of U.S. car owners have a special name for their car.

•More than 31% were inspired by the vehicle's color and appearance.

•At 36%, car owners between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely to nickname their cars.

•Women are more likely to have a nickname for their cars than men -- 27% vs. 17%"
That's kind of a worthless poll. 1,082 U.S. car owners...out of millions of people who own cars. You can poll another 1,082 people and get the exact opposite of that poll.

So to say nearly 25% of U.S. car owners have a special name for their car, they are really saying nearly 25% of 1,082 people. So about 43 people that they polled.
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:39 AM   #7
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I'm with you I've never understood the naming thing I just call mine a camaro
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:49 AM   #8
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Why do people do things that I don't do? Why don't people do things that I do? Why isn't everybody like me? Thank God we are all different.
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:16 AM   #9
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That's kind of a worthless poll. 1,082 U.S. car owners...out of millions of people who own cars. You can poll another 1,082 people and get the exact opposite of that poll.

So to say nearly 25% of U.S. car owners have a special name for their car, they are really saying nearly 25% of 1,082 people. So about 43 people that they polled.

Having had to use statistics in previous occupations, I'd say that it would really all depend upon how the sample was taken. If it is a good cross section representation of random people, then there is validity to it. Do you think that a lot of people do NOT name their cars? Having read this forum for a while, though only guessing, from what I have gathered from posts the percents reported in the cited USA Today poll seem consistent with posts on here. I dunno... Maybe we should poll it from Camaro owners, but then THAT would not be a fair representation either... as it is possible that more Camaro owner's name their car than do owners of Kia's, etc.

By the way, 25% of 1,082 is not 43...

I am going to name my post reply here: "Gretchen"
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:36 AM   #10
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Having had to use statistics in previous occupations, I'd say that it would really all depend upon how the sample was taken. If it is a good cross section representation of random people, then there is validity to it. Do you think that a lot of people do NOT name their cars? Having read this forum for a while, though only guessing, from what I have gathered from posts the percents reported in the cited USA Today poll seem consistent with posts on here. I dunno... Maybe we should poll it from Camaro owners, but then THAT would not be a fair representation either... as it is possible that more Camaro owner's name their car than do owners of Kia's, etc.

By the way, 25% of 1,082 is not 43...

I am going to name my post reply here: "Gretchen"
lol, Asian math. forgot to carry the 2 and divide by zero. The number really doesn't matter, and there is no validity of that statistic. as 1,082 people out of literally millions of people is such a small sample size, that it makes no sense. Could it be accurate? sure, but it would be accurate based on just plain luck.
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:40 AM   #11
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I didn't name the current line up. But in the past I have referred to various vehicles as "Bessie" as in "Whoa, Bessie." sometimes POS was also used.
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:47 AM   #12
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Why do people do things that I don't do? Why don't people do things that I do? Why isn't everybody like me? Thank God we are all different.
Agreed, but sometimes it's interesting to understand WHY certain things are done. I'm certainly not throwing stones at anyone who does. Besides, isn't that the point of online message boards, to stimulate conversation?
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:03 AM   #13
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Why do some men have a name for their private parts?
Maybe they should give their car the same name.......

Going back all the way to when the first cars were made people have named their cars. Their horses had names and since the car replaced their horse some just named their cars too.
Anyone remember Nellybell from the old Roy Rogers show?
People also name their boats and airplanes...
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:18 AM   #14
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On Street Outlaws, someone named there car, i think it was, 'your momma'! Nobody wanted to loose to that car, LOL
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:54 PM   #15
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Old 04-11-2015, 01:07 PM   #16
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Old 04-11-2015, 01:56 PM   #17
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I bought an old red blazer one time that was full of rust holes, only one name fit it, "Rusty Blazer"...
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:38 PM   #18
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I name mine, My car's name is: My car (Camaro) My Truck, Well, My truck. is that a name, My wife's car is the Buick or your car,
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Old 04-11-2015, 07:53 PM   #19
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well for a lot of the reasons stated above......but I never have, but have always referred to my cars as a "SHE".......and for good reason, for the simple fact:

"IF IT'S GOT WHEELS AND/OR AND ENGINE, AT SOME POINT IT'S GOING TO GIVE YOUR TROUBLE!!!"



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Old 04-11-2015, 07:56 PM   #20
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:54 PM   #21
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I've owned numerous cars since 1969 and I've never named any of them. However, I can understand why guys name their cars after women.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:56 PM   #22
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Why do some people start a thread asking why some people name their vehicals?
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:34 PM   #23
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:51 PM   #24
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Why do people name their pets? Couldn't they just say "Cat, go eat your food" or "Come Lab, come!"? The animal doesn't care about what it's called, only the owner does. So why would naming a pet be normal but naming a car be odd?
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Old 04-12-2015, 12:03 AM   #25
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I've never named any of the previous 20 or so vehicles I have owned...but for some reason I felt the need to name my soon to be ZL1. Maybe I never really thought about it until I saw it being dome here on Camaro5...I'm not sure. There have been some pretty famous cars out there with names though. The first one that comes to mind is Christine...from Stephen King fame. Then of course there is Eleanor from Gone in Sixty Seconds...not to mention the 49 other cars that were stolen in that movie. Then there's Herbie, KITT, the General Lee, and so on. Who knows where it started...but this is a prettygood read: http://www.cartest.ca/why_do_people_name_their_car.htm
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