Brits have revealed the most popular "pet" names for their cherished cars – with Betsy, George, and Beast topping the list.
A study of 2,000 drivers found four in 10 have named a car, with Bessie, Betty, Bertha, and Bertie also common monikers.
Boris, Lucy, and Dolly completed the top 10, with other popular names including Bella, Priscilla, and Rusty.
It also emerged 60% feel they grow emotionally attached to their car, with 37% going as far as to say they feel like it is a friend or family member.
While Gen Z adults, aged 18-24, went a step further – claiming to feel more attached to their vehicle than their parents (35%) or grandparents (33%).
The stats emerged in a study by Your Red Car, a new online auto marketplace powered by Santander.
They've partnered with writer and comedian, David Baddiel, to bring seven real life memoirs of pre-loved cars to life in a series of short stories, entitled The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars.
David Baddiel said: "Cars aren’t just transport – every car you own can bring back a memory of your life as it was then.
"The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars stories are funny and moving – they’re about love, discovery, unforgettable road trips and a casual gift from a king.
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"Curating them has proved how evocative of things past cars can be."
The study also found 31% of drivers refer to their cars as "she/her", while 19% say "he/him".
Others express their love for their cars by buying accessories (36%) and talking to them (32%).
While some show their affection by stroking the dashboard (22%), parking them next to other "friendly cars" (21%) and even give them a hug (10%).
But the research, carried out through OnePoll, found the devotion to their vehicles means they also struggle to part with them, with 29% feeling sad and 30% feeling sentimental when they sell it.
And 18% of Londoners even claimed they would rather break up with their partner than sell their favourite car.
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While a quarter of 18–24-year-olds found selling their favourite car more upsetting than breaking up with an ex-love (27%), being cheated on (24%) or losing a pet (24%).
Denton Brock, head of Your Red Car, said "Every pre-loved car has its own story, just like the ones featured in The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars series."
The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars series, curated by David Baddiel for Your Red Car, is available to read on yourredcar.co.uk
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