Lloyds TSB probes relationship between Brits and their cars

15 May 2006
Britain's drivers may swoon over rugged classic models with a touch of James Bond about them, but they're happy to stay faithful to Betsy – when it comes to their cars, that is.

Almost a quarter of UK drivers make their cars part of the family by bestowing unofficial names that may seem down-to-earth, according to research by Lloyds TSB Insurance.

The survey revealed that the most popular name for a British car is Betsy. If you picked the name to sum up the epitome of reliability and charm, you might find that the old girl has a secret or two.

The Betsy, a 1971 novel by Harold Robbins, stars the world's most advanced car, set against an action-film backdrop of money, ambition and ladies.

Our penchant for romance and excitement of the emotions in our relationship with the motor was uncovered by an April world survey for eBayMotors. British names made the top three. The Aston Martin Vanquish came out in the number one spot, followed by the Land Rover Discovery and the Rolls Royce Phantom.

Speakers for Lloyds TSB Insurance cautioned that the best way to keep the relationship happy between you and your car is to make sure you book regular services and find the best insurance policy for when things go wrong.

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