Naming Your Car: How To Name Your Car The Right Way

Whether you’ve just purchased your first automobile or you are an avid car collector, motorheads everywhere have one question in mind, What should I name my car?”

Naming your car should be a hassle-free, personal experience that leaves you with a sense of connection to that special something in your life. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about naming your car.

Welcoming your New Car

The day has finally come and you’ve taken the plunge, and bought a car. The color, the make, and the model, everything is perfect. “So what’s missing?” you ask yourself, “What should I name my car?”

A woman thinking of a car name while leaning on her car.

While it may seem like an easy solution to some, for others it can be a daunting task. In some situations, a parent is helping a child purchase their very first car. Or did you finally buy that classic car you’ve been hunting down for years? Maybe you saved up enough to buy that sports car of your dreams, or you just got a cheap winter beater as a daily driver.

Though you may not know it, each one of those vehicles mentioned has its very own unique traits and will have an impact on how you will choose its name. All these things considered let’s get into the details of naming your car.

Why Name Your Car

Naming your car can be as simple as a nickname to call it from time to time, or it can be a big decision and a massive display of pride. Some of the time people will use the name they’ve chosen as a license plate or bumper sticker. Others go as far as painting the name on the side of the hood of the car and displaying countless vinyl stickers along with the bumper and windshields.

For influencers, a car’s name is something that will be advertised on their social media accounts, and for celebrities, their car’s name and type can be a status of wealth. Everyone will have a different motive for choosing a name but deciding to name it in the first place is something we all have in common.

Personalized front licensed plate.

Some may choose a simple, classic name like “Sally or Betty”. Others choosing to honor their favorite celebrities can consider names like “Bruce or Chuck”. There are modern options as well, like “Axel or Lexi”. Some people go into a dealership with their car choice and name already decided.

They have the decals printed and all the decor for the interior picked out and they’re just waiting to bring it to life. Others have no idea and need some guidance on how to choose the perfect name. At any rate, naming your car will be a fun, personal journey for everyone involved.

How to Name your Car

With so many types of cars, makes, and models available on the market today, the options for naming your car can seem endless, but there are a few steps you can take to narrow down your hunt for the perfect name.

Have you ever pulled up next to another driver on the road, and without even seeing inside, you could tell who they were just by the type of car they were driving? It can be easy to determine who will be inside when you see a big vinyl decal on the back windshield of a monster truck that reads “KILLER”, but in some cases, it is all about the car’s owner and what they’re like.

Your Own Personality

Some people may choose to name their car based on their own personality and others will name their car after themselves. Are you an adventurous and fun Jeep owner? Are you a businessman who likes fast things and is always in a hurry? Maybe you’re laid back and like things moving at a slower pace.

Whoever you are in your day-to-day life can have an impact on what type of car you drive, which in turn will narrow down your options on naming your car. But sometimes it isn’t about your own personality. Sometimes the car will speak for itself so let’s get into who your car actually is.

A beach guy leaning on his car.

One thing you’ll need to understand is that not every car is the same. I’m sure you may be wondering, can inanimate objects really exude different personality traits? The answer is simply, absolutely! Your car will become a part of your family. You’ll spend a lot of time with it while traveling. You may talk to it, ask it “what’s wrong?” and tell it your secrets.

If your car breaks down, you’ll be the one to care for it and take it in to be seen by a professional. All of these things will cause you to form a bond with your vehicle and in turn, you will get a better understanding of who your car is and what kind of person it reminds you of.

In order for you to consider the automobile’s personality when choosing a name, you must first determine who your car is. Does it seem more masculine? Is it a massive, “built Ford tough” Hemi pickup truck? Names like “Beast, El Diablo, The Grim Reaper, and Zeus” could be fitting. Or is your car more feminine, where a dainty, pastel-colored Volkswagon Beetle would be better named “Aria, Dot, Rainbow, and Diamond?”

Car’s Features

Also to be taken into account is the body. Does the car have a convertible top or a hard top? While some cars are curvy and sleek, think “Athena or Star” others may be squared and rigid, like “Crush or Chip”. Classic cars can give off nostalgic memories and the comfort of simpler times, whereas newer sports cars will give off a different vibe and have you feeling classy or modern.

Vintage cars in the field.

Both of those will be contributing factors in naming your car. A car’s body type can be configured at the dealership before purchase as well. If you find the interior too bland, you can add leather seats and displays to make it more luxurious.

This can change the feel of the car so keep in mind the upgrades you’ve chosen when deciding on a name as well. Just figuring these few things out can help you to determine what personality trait your car has and will help you make your decision on naming your car.

Car Color

The next thing to consider when naming your car would be the color. What color your car is can actually play a lead role in what you choose to name it. There are so many unique and stunning color names, giving you an extensive list to choose from.

Simply picking out a car painted in your favorite color is enough to fuel your search for the perfect name. Today, car manufacturers everywhere offer cars in an extensive range of colors. There is a color for everyone.

If you can’t choose between the pink or black Range Rover, why not choose both colors? Now you can name your car after the popular girl group “Blackpink”.

Dodge challengers come in a stunning array of vibrant colors including the gorgeous royal purple. Why not grace your car with the name “the queen” after Her Royal Highness herself? Ford trucks are well known everywhere but seeing a red Ford F150 is comfort food for the eyes. Sets people alight with the name “Blaze”.

Red, blue, green, purple, yellow, pink, orange, and all the colors in between, there are thousands of names inspired by the many shades of the rainbow. Whatever make and model you choose, there is a myriad of colors available, and therefore a seemingly unlimited amount of colorful names for everyone.

In Summary

Naming your car should not be a daunting task. This is the time to get to know your automobile and all the inner workings of not only the engine but its personality. Take the time to reflect on who your car is as its own entity, masculine, feminine, hard or soft, and all the colors in between. Knowing these things will bring the two of you closer, and enhance your experience as a car and driver.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Are you stumped on what to name your car? Comment below and let us know all about that special vehicle in your life.

Naming your car by its personality traits, body style, and the color is as easy as “vroom vroom vroom!”

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About Matthew Webb

Hi, I am Matthew! I am a dedicated car nerd! During the day, I am a journalist, at night I enjoy working on my 2 project cars. I have been a car nerd all my life, and am excited to share my knowledge with you!

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