What Should I Name My Car? [List of 348 Nicknames for Cars]

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Our cars become such an important part of our lives that it’s nice to have a nickname for them. If you’re a car addict like me, you might be using it more often than some of your friends and family.

Sometimes, the name just comes to you, but other times it’s helpful to have some inspiration. That’s where I come in. I’ve surveyed UK readers of Auto Adviser to find out just what nicknames they’ve given their vehicles and shared everything in this complete guide.

Tips for Naming Your Car

So, where should you begin when naming your car? It’s nice to have something that matches the personality of the vehicle. For example, you’re not going to name your turquoise Honda Jazz ‘Knight Rider’ just as you probably don’t want to name a black Ford Mustang ‘Bumblebee’.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Names based on colours – The colour plays a key role in the ‘personality’ of your vehicle, for example, ‘Shadow’ for a black car or ‘Chalky’ for a white car. Later in the article, I provide some name recommendations for different vehicle colours.
  • Names based on make/model – Some models lend themselves nicely to a nickname. For example, you could name your Renault Megane ‘Megan’ or your Subaru Impreza ‘Scooby Doo’. However, sometimes it’s nice to go against the grain anyway.
  • Names based on your reg plate – Naturally, the number plate is a good place to find some inspiration. For example, I called my first vehicle ‘The Cub’ due to its number plate ending in CUB.
  • Famous cars – I’ve already mentioned Knight Rider, but there are plenty of other famous vehicles for inspiration such as ‘Lightning McQueen’ or ‘General Lee’. I’ve listed more famous cars in the final section of this guide.

Best Nicknames for Cars

Now, let’s jump into the list. I’ve broken it into sections to help you out, you can use the jump links in the table of contents at the beginning of the article for quick navigation.

The best nicknames for cars are:

  • Justin Timberbrake
  • Taz
  • Taylor Drift
  • Miles
  • Brum
  • (Vin) Diesel
  • The Chopper
  • Lucky
  • Kit
  • Max
  • Half Pint (for small cars)
  • Lightning McQueen

Most Popular Nicknames for Cars

In a survey by Skoda, https://flexed.co.uk/top-10-most-popular-nicknames-drivers-in-the-uk-give-their-cars/ the most popular nicknames for cars in the UK are:

  • Betty
  • Freddie
  • Daisy
  • Herbie
  • Ruby
  • Rosie
  • Susie
  • Poppy
  • Colin
  • Sally

Nicknames by Gender

Have you decided that your car is more feminine or masculine? Here are some appropriate name suggestions:

Girl Names for Cars

  • Elsa
  • Shelly
  • Mystique
  • Betsy
  • Shirley
  • Bella
  • Lady Luck

Boy Names for Cars

  • Andrew Carfield
  • Bruno
  • Axel
  • General Lee
  • Noah
  • Austin
  • Popeye
  • Mario
  • Bono
  • Herbie

Nicknames for Fast Cars

Got yourself a sportscar? Well it’s going to need a fast-sounding nickname too, here are some ideas:

  • Stallion
  • Dr Zoom
  • Lightspeed
  • Hot Wheels
  • The Flash
  • Sonic
  • Rambo
  • Hazzard
  • Shaguar
  • Bolt

Nicknames for Electric Cars (Including Teslas)

Congratulations on joining the future of cars. Now here are some great nickname ideas for Teslas and other electric cars:

  • High Voltage
  • Magneto
  • Sparky
  • Carmen Electric
  • EVA (from Wall-E)
  • Teslaract
  • Nikola
  • Axelrod (converted into an electric vehicle for Cars 2)

Nicknames for Ugly Cars

If you, or someone you know, has ended up with a pure ugly looking car (we’re thinking Chrysler PT Cruiser, Nissa Cube, or most Renaults), here are some nicknames that will embody that ugliness:

  • Ugly Betty
  • Denty
  • Carzilla
  • Shrek
  • Dougly
  • Dirty Gerty
  • Smelly Joe
  • Smeagol

Funny Names for Cars

  • Braking Bad
  • Drama McQueen
  • Slammer
  • Truckenstein
  • Last Legs
  • Junkyard

Names By Color

Nicknames for Black Cars

  • Dark Knight
  • Black beauty
  • Knight Rider
  • Jet
  • Midnight
  • Shadow
  • Black window
  • Abyss
  • Batmobile
  • Sirius
  • Night Hawk
  • Black Jack
  • Venom

Nicknames for Red Cars

  • Robin
  • Cherry
  • Lady Bird
  • Elmo
  • Clifford

Nicknames for Blue Cars

  • Bluebird
  • Dory
  • Sully
  • Baloo
  • Aqua
  • Smurf
  • Blue Dolphin
  • Sky
  • Sonic (great for a fast blue car)

Nicknames for Silver Cars

  • Jaws
  • Silver Fox
  • Titanium
  • Bender
  • Magneto
  • Sylvia
  • Silver Surfer
  • Quicksilver
  • Stormy
  • Knight

Nicknames for White or Beige Cars

  • Casper
  • Winter
  • Great White
  • Blizzard
  • Snow White
  • Chalky
  • Cocaine
  • Vanilla (or just Nilla)
  • Snowdrop
  • Ghost
  • Walter White
  • Draco
  • Marshmallow

Nicknames for Yellow Cars or Gold Cars

  • Bumblebee
  • Sunflower
  • Dijon
  • Minion
  • Yellow Submarine
  • Colonel Mustard
  • Spicy Mustard
  • Lemon
  • Sunshine
  • Lightning
  • Golden Girl
  • Goldfinger
  • Honey
  • Lucky
  • Nugget

Nicknames for Orange Cars

  • Weasley
  • Ginger Spice
  • Clementine
  • Nemo
  • Foxy
  • Carrot

Nicknames for Green Cars

  • Green Lantern
  • Alien
  • Ninja Turtle
  • Kermit
  • Avo(cado)
  • Flubber
  • Grinch
  • Yoda
  • Hulk
  • Frog
  • Kiwi

Nicknames for Purple Cars

  • Violet
  • Willy Wonka
  • Purple Rain (or Prince)
  • Purple Reigns
  • Purple Haze
  • Orchid
  • Purps
  • Purple Penny
  • Purpy

Nicknames for Brown Cars

  • Ron (Burgandy)
  • Cookie
  • Brownie
  • Coco
  • Hazel
  • Nugget
  • James Brown
  • Reese
  • Nutmeg

Names for Pink Cars

  • Bubblegum
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Pixie
  • Piglet
  • Rose
  • Pearl
  • Princess
  • Miss Piggy
  • Pink Panther
  • Ham

By Make/Model

Here are a few name ideas based on the make of your vehicle. Not all makes and models lend themselves so well to great nicknames:

Nicknames for Audi

  • Lord of the Rings
  • Ring Master
  • The Ringer

Nicknames for BMW

  • Beemer
  • Batmobile

Nicknames for a Ferrari

  • Rarri
  • Italian Stallion
  • Fezza
  • Madonna
  • Mario

Nicknames for Porsche

  • Moby Dick (Porsche 935)
  • Pink Pig (Porsche 917/2)

Nicknames for Subaru

  • Scooby (Subaru Imprezas are known as a Scooby)
  • Rex
  • Ladybug (Subaru 360)

Nicknames for Ford

  • Harrison Ford
  • Mondingo
  • Fi (the Fiesta)

Famous Car Nicknames

Finally, if you still haven’t found a name that suits your vehicle, why not opt for one of these tried and tested nicknames of famous cars that have stood the test of time:

  • KiTT (from Knightrider)
  • The Dolorian
  • Eleanor (from Gone in 60 Seconds)
  • General Lee
  • Herbie
  • Ecto-1 aka Ectomobile
  • Mutt Cutts
  • Lightning McQueen
  • Mater
  • Chick Hicks
  • Snot Rod
  • Batmobile
  • Bumblebee (from Transformers)