Car lovers the world over know there’s a whole language to learn when it comes to motoring. This is more so the case for classic car enthusiasts, who have to take it even further to account for generations’ worth of lingo and classic terminology.
If you’re relatively new to the classic car scene, or looking to make sure you’re up to speed with your jargon, take a look at our buster below.
We’ll help you know your FSH from your HPI. And when somebody asks about your car’s appreciation, you won’t be left looking foolish when you answer that you still appreciate it.
Heritage Classic Car Insurance’s Classic Car Jargon Buster
A rubbish motorcar.
When a car’s value decreases over time.
Dry weight / Kerb weight
The weight of the vehicle without passengers or luggage, but with fuel, oil and water.
Full service history.
A car you seemingly can’t even give away.
Grand Tourer. A vehicle designed for comfortable long-distance driving.
British vehicle history check service founded in 1938
A car that: Just Empties Every Pocket.
Interior handles you’re usually forced to hold as you scream Jesus!
Low speed accident that causes no damage.
Left hand drive car.
A car with high mileage.
Long wheelbase – the length of the vehicle’s chassis.
Big and expensive car.
The brand of the car manufacturer.
A car nobody wants, even when new.
A car, usually stolen, that has fake chassis plates and/or log book.
Old car usually barely drivable.
A boring looking car with more than expected under the bonnet.
An old banger.
Show car, rarely driven if ever.
Vehicle Excise Duty (Tax).
Vehicle Registration Mark – the official term for a vehicle’s number plate.
There are many more in the wonderful world of classic car collecting and driving – and you’ll pick them up as you go along. It is a natural part of the journey, so never be afraid to ask. In the meantime, these will help you along the way.
If you need to insure a classic car, call us today on 0121 248 9229 to discuss your options.