My grandma has a new special someone in her life: a 2013 Buick Verano she affectionately calls Veronica. The new sedan replaced Mindy - that is, Mindy Malibu.
The fact that Grandma names her cars is cute, but also a bit weird. Turns out, however, she's not alone. According to a Nationwide Insurance survey, plenty of drivers name their cars.
The insurance agency polled 1,082 U.S. car owners and found:
•Nearly 25% of U.S. car owners have a special name for their car.
•More than 31% were inspired by the vehicle's color and appearance.
•At 36%, car owners between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely to nickname their cars.
•Women are more likely to have a nickname for their cars than men -- 27% vs. 17%
•About of out of four surveyed think of their car as a girl, with women more likely to have a "baby" girl. Witness "Eleanor" from the2000 film Gone in 60 Seconds or the homicidal Chevrolet named Christine from Christine.
•Men are more likely than women to name their car after a famous or historical person or a character in a movie.
The insurance company's survey is part of its "Meet My Baby" contest. Vehicle owners can visit a website to submit their car's name and picture; five winners will get a $2,500 gas card, and the grand prize winner will take home $5,000 for a road trip. The contest runs through Nov. 3.