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Can You Judge a Person By Their Car ?
Is it possible tell what a person is like by the car they drive, does a vehicle give away the owners personality ?
Mine does !

I spent the day like those of the working class :) that is, today I felt like a good honest working man (as opposed to a bad dishonest slacker) I was working on my car !
And I got to thinking this thing is much like me really:

    Looks better from a distance than it does close up
    Seen better days but still solid and plodding on

Of course there’s a very interesting psychological study to be made of people’s cars and what the choice of vehicle says about that individual - I personally think it tells you a lot.
Personality traits must shine through when it comes to choosing a car. Except for buying a house it’s probably the biggest single purchase made by most people, therefore it’s considered and important.
As proof that car choice does tell you what people are like you can readily imagine some people driving certain types of car and others not.
Certain cars have clichéd owners and as we all know clichés only survive due to a kernel of truth.

I wonder also whether automobiles and their drivers follow the same theory as dogs and their owners ?
That is they match up, even begin to merge into the same traits and looks as each other. There’s been some remarkable test results showing how accurately some people can pair up dogs with their owners in a random selection of individual pictures.
Whether I was always like my car or whether we’ve merged together in harmony and synergy over the years I cannot say. I know we share many similarities both real and jocular.
I also know I wouldn’t want to be without it - perhaps some cars are like dogs after all.

I’ll bet if you had pictures of cars and people there’d be a high rate of success in pairing them up - likewise much could be ascertained about a person by the type of car they drive - I think you could even build up a picture without seeing the person !
If you want to know what I look like then look now further, well look a little further because it’s below.
I think this is a superb picture, taken by my brother at Nettleton, much like my car it says an awful lot about me and my life.
Out in the wilds of Lincolnshire, walking, camera in hand, on my own and in a world of my own - a picture paints a thousand words !

Rod Collins

Me Candidly Captured By My Brother at Nettleton

Is there any validity in what I’m saying or am I talking rot !
Hard Workingly Yours


  1. Amiguru said,

    September 1, 2010 @ 8:30 pm


    If this picture paints a thousand words about you and your car then you must drive an Oldsmobile Silhouette

    I had a quick look at one on the web and they don’t match your character at all - totally unstylish, unsophisticated and foreign. The car that is! :lol:

    You know me fairly well by now so what kind of car do I drive?


  2. History Hunter said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 12:33 am

    Id love to know what people reckon about my choice of cars over the years.

    First car was a diddley little blue Mini with no floor in the passenger foot well and an exploding radiator.

    Second was a red Ford Escort.

    Third, a Blue Renault Scenic T-boned and written off by a woman who had previously, the same week, reversed into her neighbours house.

    Fourth, a red Scenic which decided to end its all too short life halfway between Keelby and Great Limber when the engine cut out and never started again. 2nd January this year with thick snow on the ground and -6c!!! What a time to go!

    My latest jalopy is a light green Peugeot 307. Nothing special but very reliable.

  3. Rod said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    I’d see you in a Morris Minor drophead or a Morris Traveller !
    How’s that ?

  4. Rod said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 8:15 am

    it says you’re an Anglophile with a worrying tnedency for buying French cars :)

  5. Amiguru said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 11:16 am


    You’re on the right track I suppose but only half way to nerdiness. My one and only vehicle, (apart from motorbikes), was a 1978 Reliant Robin Estate! Lasted me 25 years and was perfect for carting archaeological junk around in. Drove it to lots of places, in the country. Never even had the hint of an accident in it but the scariest moment was arriving in Snowdonia on a Sunday evening with only fumes in the tank! The Welsh hibernate on a Sunday, no pubs open, no petrol stations open, (even if you could find one in the mountains!). I coasted down the mountains and held my breath as I coaxed it uphill with the eggcupful of petrol naturally flowing away from the outlet in the tank! :roll:
    I finally got fed up with laying on the concrete with muck and oil in my eyes about five years ago and decided to save a fortune instead. Its cycle, hoof and the old buspass nowadays. Much healthier, happier and richer ;)


  6. History Hunter said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    Nev, sadly youve surpassed my low expectations of you. I would have had you down as a Ford Fiesta man. But i must admit the crappy little jalopy you managed to keep running for 25 years is an inspired choice. Did you finally kill all the hamsters that used to power it? Hamster wheels fall off?

    Rod, going back to my roots again eh? Quelle suprise!

  7. Amiguru said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 1:36 pm


    There was method in my madness - after digging up King John’s treasure and making a dash for it with Farmer Giles in pursuit, I could slip between two closely planted trees or through a hedge gap while he in his uber Rangerover would have to plough to a halt :shock:
    When he called up Uncle Bill, I could nip between a pair of bollards and away!!!


  8. Annie Flinn said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

    Rod and Other Fellows,
    I drive a 2008 Subaru Tribeca (an SUV). Wonder if Rod could discern my reasons for owning such a car?

    BTW, I love this car, and the extra gadgets that came included.

    BTW2– My dog and I DO look alike (the obvious quip here about me looking like a dog are expected).

    Annie Flinn

  9. History Hunter said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

    Nev, i think we have all had a problem with Farmer Giles in the past!

  10. Amiguru said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 5:44 pm


    Just hope it isn’t a St. Bernard, or a Pug or indeed any of these:

    Incidentally, the first one on the above link is so like the handler don’t you think?


  11. Rod said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 7:09 pm

    I’ve never heard of one I’m afraid so that makes it tricky :)
    What I would say is it shows a difference between us as I hate gadgets in cars and the fact that manufacturers no longer make models without them !

    SUVs I thik are large 4wd vehicles aren’t they Annie ?
    If so then they say to me a few things

    Obvious use for people in the country or farmers etc
    Most probably don’t go off road etc, huge ones bought by insecure men who need to feel macho
    My guess when women buy them it’s a few as a fashion statement - Range Rovers etc, but mostly I’d say they’re looking for a feeling of safety either for themselves or their family.


  12. Rod said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 7:11 pm

    I wouldn’t see Neville in something conventional and run-of-the-mill
    Somehow it has to be something ‘a little different’ or the train

    It does work this car thing

  13. Annie Flinn said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

    Okay guys,
    I taken my beating for today. I own the Subaru because it has a large cargo area for hauling around all the gardening and landscaping stuff I use around my place. It came standard with the four-wheel drive, but I really don’t need that, as my area seldom, if ever, gets snow (which is why most people who get Subarus buy them). I love the navigation system because my family has a trait that allows them to get lost at the drop of a hat. The sat radio system is great for me because I live in an area where reception isn’t good for standard radio broadcasts, and the stations that do come in tend to be all Spanish language ones (of which I am not a master).

    As for my dog, he is a terriers-poodle combination. Our hair color is almost the same, but he is far cuter than I. 8)

  14. Rod said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

    sounds pretty swish - I haven’t even got a radio in my car let alone GPS - my brother says Sta-Nav is excellent though - but then he’s in the ‘executive jet set’ :)

  15. Jill said,

    September 15, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    Oh dear oh dear - I dread to think what my choice of vehicles says about me!! I drive a very ordinary Ford Fiesta which is something like 6 years old - it sports a set of scratches along one side cos I had an argument with a bollard and I haven’t bothered to sort it out yet.

    I mainly use - around Skeg - my trusty 3-wheeler!! A trike with a motor!! It has a big basket on the back which holds my weekly shop and whatever else I buy-acquire on the way! Got wet weather gear so I can career around in the pouring rain - just have to remember that the brakes can be dodgy on wet roads!! Have been know to have “bike rage” when pedestrians wander into the road in front of me - the holiday makers here seem to lose all sense of what the road is for and wander out in front of cars and bikes - they just don’t care!! But by using the trike my petrol consumption is low, I have no parking charges (can abandon trike wherever I like) and most important — I can take on the dreaded electric buggies that proliferate in this town!!!

    So make of me what you will!!



  16. Amiguru said,

    September 15, 2010 @ 4:46 pm


    “A trike with a motor!!” Be not ashamed of your car you are an honoured member of the three-wheeler brigade!

    When I had my Robin, I used to be amused by its technical classification - “a motor tricycle”; I was even more amused when it came to paying Road Tax as that classification came in at something like £16 :lol:


  17. Jill said,

    September 15, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

    Neville — the main advantage of the Robin is that you have cover when driving - on my trike I get all the elements thrown at me!!

    Question — why is it that I can cycle along a road with the wind head on and when I cycle back along the same road - going the opposite way you understand(!) the wind is STILL head on!! Why is that????

  18. Amiguru said,

    September 15, 2010 @ 6:32 pm


    Simple science - it is calm; you are making your own ‘wind’ so to speak :shock:

    If your speed is greater than that of the wind then the net speed of the air’s apparent motion is negative and feels as if it is ‘blowing’ in the opposite direction. :)


  19. Jill said,

    September 15, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

    Hmmmm Neville - what I’m hearing you say is that I’m tearing about at speed on my trusty steed!! I understand what you’re saying though. It surprised me somewhat however. I’d expected that the wind would be faster than me! Wrong again!! :)



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