Opinion – Vehicle Names

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There is a trend in the automotive world that needs to be talked about. People naming their vehicles like they are a child or a family member. Today’s article is our opinion and will not be widely accepted!

We name our pets, our kids, we give nicknames based on appearance, particular skills, or accomplishments.

It’s the nicknames that have become an issue. People posting on FaceBook for help naming their vehicle as soon as it leaves the dealer lot. Asking for people to make them a sticker with the new name and wanting to slather it all over their vehicle.

Nicknames are earned. I am not talking about nicknames like shortening Richard to Rich, or Robert to Bob, I am talking about earning the nickname Tank or Ace.

Nicknames are badges of honor that were earned by either something amazing or more often something so ridiculous you can never escape what happened.

I will give you a couple examples from people I have met that earned a nickname. There is a Jeep owner whose earned the moniker Shoeless. Why? Because he lost his shoes in a mud hole trying to walk out. That is a perfect example of a nickname being earned and given the right way.

A f ew weeks ago we were off road with a group of people and one of the drivers had just gotten his rig back from the shop. The suspension setup was way off and some parts were hitting. Every obstacle overcome resulted in a clank of the parts. So we dubbed the vehicle Clank. It wasn’t necessarily a nickname they wanted but that’s the point. It was given by friends who shared an experience with them.

That’s another point, nicknames are given by others. You do not nickname your own vehicle, or yourself for that matter.

So stop naming your vehicle yourself. Go out do things, earn a nickname and then embrace it because it was earned with actions and created by friends.

We know there will be opinions on this one. Keep them civil and fun, this is after all a less than serious subject.

William Connor

As the Editor, William is responsible for all the good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent that happens at 4WAAM. William brings a wide range of experience to this role having been a cook, a painter, a machinist, part time mechanic, computer programmer, and writer. He also wields a freely shared opinion on just about everything., just ask him.

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