There’s a lot to love about the new car experience, from the thrill of a smooth ride to that amazing new car smell. Arguably the best part is that you can give your new vehicle a fun and unique name! After all, you don’t want to be stuck listing the model and make it every time you tell people about your new ride.
But how do you pick the perfect name for your new car? Easier said than done! There’s a bit of an art to naming your car. Here’s how to find the most brilliant name ever.
what should i name my car?
Your new car is more than just a set of wheels. It’s an extension of your personality. And if you’ve got a long commute or some road trips planned, you’re going to be spending a lot of time behind the wheel. Doesn’t your vehicular companion deserve a proper name?
1. Consider the car’s make and model.
Let’s start with the basics: the make and model of your car. Different cars have different aesthetics—just like people. Ever met a big, bulky dude named Spencer? No, he’s probably called Bruce or Jason. Or a quirky girl-next-door named Anastasia? Try Heather or Jess. Same for your car: a sleek, sporty convertible should have a name to match, as should a robust SUV or a classic sedan.
2. Think about what you’ll be using the car for.
Next, think about what you’re going to do in the car. Are you headed for some off-road adventures? Need to lug around your band gear? Brainstorm some names that match those activities. The SUV you’re going to take camping? Try “Firestarter” or “Stargazer.”
The compact sedan that you’ll drive around on business? Try “Diamond” or “Boss.” Some people use popular character names, such as Laura Croft for an adventure vehicle or Mad Max for a huge pickup track.
3. Pay attention to your car’s color.
Colors can give you some ideas, too. You can choose a character name that matches the color, such as The Hulk for a big green SUV. There are tons of color words that double as names, too. (Think Amethyst, Scarlet, or Periwinkle.)
4. Ask yourself if your car has a gender.
Want to give your car a gender? Historically, car names were female, but now anything goes! A cute little coupe might be a good “Bella,” while a luxe convertible could be “Queenie.” Many people name their big trucks names like “Bruno” or “Tank.”
5. Get creative with your car’s name.
But you’re definitely not limited to actual names! There are hundreds of cars out there named Flash, Devil, Sparky, etc. You can also think about mythological creatures (e.g., Unicorn, Chimera, Dragon), gods (e.g., Zeus, Aphrodite), famous buildings or ships (e.g. Big Ben, Titanic), or even animals (e.g. Bumblebee, Tiger).
The key is to find a name that (a) physically describes the car (b) matches your personality and (c) has the attitude you want to express! The best car names check all three boxes.
For example, a heavy-duty pickup that’s going to be towing a boat probably won’t be called “Princess.” But it could be named “Poseidon” or something like that. A sexy little convertible wouldn’t be named “The Terminator.” Try “Jessica Rabbit” or “Hot Mama.” You need a name that perfectly captures your new car’s character.
Struggling with name ideas? Keep reading for a curated list of the world’s best car names!