How to say CAR in Spanish. Do you use Coche, Carro or Auto?

How to say CAR in Spanish

There are three main ways of saying car in Spanish and it depends on where you live.

The following guide is a general idea of how car is said in some of the Spanish-speaking countries:

  • Argentina – auto
  • Bolivia – auto
  • Chile – auto
  • Colombia – carro
  • Mexico – carro – coche – It depends on the region of Mexico. In the middle (central part) of Mexico coche is often used. Carro is used in the rest of the country.
  • Perú – auto
  • Spain – coche
  • Uruguay – auto
  • Venezuela – carro

(If you know of the correct word for other countries, please let us know in the comments)

Auto is a short way of saying automóvil. If you ever say the complete word (automóvil) people will most likely look at you in a strange way.

Did you know….?

Did you know that in some countries (such as Chile) coche can also mean a baby stroller?
Carro can also refer to a shopping cart.

Another random fact

In Spain Coche means car but in Mexico and Chile, Coche refers to the horse-drawn buggy.
In Spain Carro refers to the horse-drawn buggy but in Mexico Carro means car.

Question for those living in (or from) a Spanish-speaking country:

How do you say CAR in your country?
What meanings do CARRO, COCHE and AUTO have in your country?

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