Americanisms 101: Car Parts (Part 2 of 3)

Last week we covered driving terminology differences in the U.S. and the U.K. In part 2 of our 3 part series we’ll cover the differences in automotive terms.

Car maintenance is part of being a car owner. Every few thousand miles you get your oil changed, and wear and tear requires replacing parts. But if you’re in the USA and you call the repair shop to report a dent in your bonnet, they’re going to think you’re looking for the local milliner or haberdasher.

Here’s a list of common car parts and what they’re called in the US with their British equivalents:

US: HOOD | UK: BONNET

2016 Nissan Altima

US: TRUNK | UK: BOOT

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U.S. NAME: GLOVE COMPARTMENT | UK NAME: CHUBBY BOX

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U.S. NAME: TRANSMISSION | UK NAME: GEARBOX

Dodge Charger Hellcat Engine

 

US: TIRE / TREAD | UK NAME: TYRE / TRACK

Dodge Charger Hellcat Wheel

U.S. NAME: HUBCAP | UK NAME: NAVE PLATE

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U.S. NAME: BACK-UP LIGHTS | UK NAME: REVERSING LIGHTS

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U.S. NAME: BATTERY | UK NAME: ACCUMULATOR

U.S. NAME: TURN SIGNAL | UK NAME: INDICATOR 

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I’m sure we’ve missed a few. Let us know in the comment section below.

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