I named my first car "Old Faithful" because it always started on the first try. That was also the nickname for my 1981 Ford Mustang until it lost compression in the number five cylinder. That's when it became "Someone Else's Car." Naming my car probably wasn't the coolest thing in the world to do, but I'm definitely not alone.

British vehicle check company HPI has issued a new study, which notes that fully 50% of its customers give their cars a nickname, with 40% female names, 27% male names and 33% everything else. In 2003, HPI published the top 10 vehicle nicknames of the year, and that year Rover topped the list. This year, Bessey came out on top. In fact, Bessey was the only nickname from 2003 that remained in the top ten both times.

There were plenty of semi-predictable names on the list like Speedie, Beauty and the Love Machine, but there were a couple of oddball finalists, as well. If you know anyone who names his or her vehicle Boomzilla, let us know. Hit the jump to view the top 10 from 2003 and 2009, and let us know if your vehicle has a nickname in the comments below. We promise not to make fun of you – unless the nickname is really bad.

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WHAT'S IN A NAME?

50% of HPI customers confess to being emotionally attached to their car

Love Machine, Bessey and Muscles – these are just some of the nicknames drivers choose for their cars, reveals a survey from HPI, the leading independent vehicle information provider. 50% of those surveyed admit to giving their car a pet name, but HPI warns used car buyers to avoid ending up with a vehicle worthy of a name like Old Banger, Terminator and The Wreck.

A similar survey by HPI back in 2003 revealed that celebrity names were top favourites for drivers to give their cars. However, the likes of Kylie and Charlie have had to move over for Buster, Moocher and Boomzilla in 2008, as drivers get more creative with names. In fact, the only name to reappear in the 2009 listing is Bessey – which is top of the charts. 40% of respondents say their car is female, while 27% refer to it as a male, showing just how attached we can get to our cars. Whether it's a Casper or a Beauty, HPI urges consumers to be aware of the potential threat from dodgy vendors looking to sell on a vehicle with more to hide than just its name.

Nick Lindsay, Director of HPI says, "It's easy to get emotionally attached to the car you are looking to buy, but every day HPI identifies nearly 30 stolen vehicles and many of these will be sold as 'bargains' to unsuspecting buyers. And with more and more people today facing financial challenges, we are seeing the number cars being sold with outstanding finance remaining against them on the rise. We used to say don't get taken in by shiny paintwork and a rock bottom price because if a car looks to good to be true, it usually is. However with used car prices at an all time low, offering some fantastic bargains, buyers need to be even more wary of opportunistic criminals. Fraudulent paperwork and hidden faults means it's hard to spot a vehicle with a shady past.

"We advise buyers not to get too fond of their intended and name their car until they have conducted an HPI Check and are sure about what they are buying. Only then will they know whether their potential purchase should be called Heaven Sent or Hell Bent."

HPI Checks are available at www.hpicheck.com from just £19.99. With more vehicle information than anybody else, HPI provides instant confirmation as to whether a vehicle has been stolen, written-off, clocked, or has outstanding finance. The HPI Check also includes a mileage check, valuation, and a stolen V5C check as standard.



About HPI:

Originally established in 1938, HPI Limited is a primary source of vehicle information for the UK motor industry and motoring consumer, which since December 2008 has been owned by Solera Holdings, Inc. Solera Holdings, Inc. is an integrated group of leading automotive claims solutions companies. Founded in January 2005 by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tony Aquila, Solera has expanded its geographic reach and now serves more than 55,000 customers in over 50 countries across six continents.

HPI encompasses both the HPI database of all UK road registered vehicle descriptions and histories, and the National Mileage Register which holds in excess of 125 million mileage readings.

Together, HPI and NMR represent the UK's largest vehicle information source, combining and interpreting data from government agencies, industry bodies, private organisations, the police and the general public. Registering with HPI helps companies to protect their financial interests in motor vehicles and a wide range of other mobile assets. HPI Checks give purchasers instant confirmation of whether vehicles are correctly described, known to be subject to outstanding finance or serious accident damage, or recorded as stolen or "clocked".

'HPI' and the HPI logo are registered trademarks of HPI Limited.
(1) All prices include VAT and are correct as of 1st December 2008
(2) Mileage Data is not covered by The HPI Guarantee
(3) The HPI Guarantee is subject to terms and conditions


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