Car in Spanish

Introduction

This article is all about car in Spanish.

You will learn:

  • How to say car in Spanish (and learn the differences between both European and Latin American Spanish and British English and American English when saying car)
  • How to pronounce car in Spanish (and learn the differences between both European and Latin American Spanish 
  • Find a helpful list of car parts in both English and Spanish.

How to say car in Spanish

It depends where you are in the world as to how you say the word for car in Spanish.

In Spain the word is "coche".

In Latin America the word is "carro".

The word "carro" sounds funny to a Spaniard because the word means "cart" in the Iberian Peninsular.

Click on the video below to see how to say car in Spanish.

How to pronounce car in Spanish

Why not have a look at the video above - if you pause the video, can can practise repeating the words for car.

CARRO - notice that there is a slight trill or roll of the tongue when this word is pronounced. This is not an easy sound for native English speakers to produce because this sound does not exist in English.

For more help on the trilled "r", click on the link for an informative article How to pronounce the tricky rolled r

COCHE - this word is easier to say than carro for English speakers - the che sound ('tch') is not as tricky as the "rr" in carro.

Car parts in Spanish - Video 101

If you are a beginner, the following video will help you with basic car vocabulary.

Make sure you stay through until the end - there is a little bit of British humour!

Key phrases related to cars in Spanish

Español

English

¿me puede decir cómo se va a ......?

Can you tell me the way to ...?

¿Dónde hay un estacionamiento /parking

Where is there a parking lot / space?

¿Se puede estacionar aquí?

Can I park here?

Se decompuso el carro/

Se ha averiado el coche


The car has broken down

El coche / carro no arranca

The car won't start

If you would like to hear these phrases, click on the YouTube video below

Car exterior

Español

English

Exterior

Exterior

el espejo lateral

mirror

el retrovisor exterior

mirror

el parabrisas

windshield /

windscreen (GB)

el cofre / el capó

hood /

bonnet (GB)

el espejo retrovisor

rearview mirror

el limpiaparabrisas

windscreen wiper

la puerta

door

la cajuela /

el maletero

trunk /

boot (GB)


la direccional

/ el intermitente

turn signal /

indicator (GB)

la matrícula

license plate /

number plate

el parachoques

fender /

bumper (GB)

el faro

headlight

la rueda

wheel

la llanta /

el neumático

tyre

la baca

roof rack

el cinturón de seguridad

safety belt

la silla para niños

child seat

Types of car


Español

English

el coche (carro) eléctrico

electric car

el coche (carro) de

cinco puertas

hatchback

el coche (carro) familiar

sedan /

family car (GB)

la camioneta /

el coche ranchera

station wagon

el convertible /

el coche descapotable

convertible

el coche (carro) 

deportivo

sports car

la doble tracción /

el todoterreno

four wheel drive

el auto / coche

de época

vintage car

la limousine

limousine

Inside of a car

Español

English

el asiento trasero

back seat

el reposabrazos

armrest

el reposacabezas

headrest

el seguro /

el pestillo

door lock

la manija /

el tirador

handle

dos puertas

two door

el accelerador

accelerator

cuatro puertas

four door

automático

automatic

el freno

break

manual

manual

el encendido

ignition

el embrague

clutch

el aire acondicionado

air conditioning

Controls

Product Name

Price

el volante

steering wheel

el claxon /

la bocina

horn

el tablero /

el salpicadero

dashboard

la navegación por satélite

satellite navigation

la luces de emergencia

hazard lights

el volante a la izquierda

left-hand drive

el volante a la derecha

right-hand drive

el indicador de temperatura

temperature guage

el tacómetro /

el cuentarevolucciones

tachometer

el velocimetro /

el indicador de velocidad

speedometer

el indicador de gasolina

fuel guage

la radio del coche (carro) 

car radio

la calefacción

heater controls

la palanca

de velocidades /

de cambios

gear shift /

gear lever (GB)

la palanca (el commutador)

de luces

light switch

el odómetro /

el cuentakilómetros

odometer /

milometre

la bolsa de aire /

el airbag

airbag

Mechanics

Español

English

el depósito del limpiaparabrisas

washer fluid reservoir

la varilla del nivel del aceite

dipstick

el filtro del aire

air filter

el depósito de liquiedo de frenos

brake fluid reservoir

la batería

battery

el depósito de liquído refrigerante

coolant reservoir

la culata

cylinder head

el tubo

pipe

la chapa

bodywork

el quemacocos /

el techo solar

sunroof

el radiador

radiator

el ventilador

fan

el motor

engine

el tapón /

el tapacubo

hubcap

la caja de cambios

gearbox

la transmisión

transmission

el eje de transmisión

drive shaft

el techo

roof

la suspensión

suspension

el silenciador /

el tubo de escape

muffler /

exhaust pipe (GB)


Flat tire

Español

English

la llanta de refacción /

la rueda de repuesto

spare wheel

el gato

jack

cambiar una llanta /

un neumático

to change a tyre

el accidente de carro / coche

car accident

la avería

breakdown

el seguro

insurance

el mecánico

mechanic

la presión del neumático

tyre pressure

la caja de fusibles

fuse box

la bujía

spark plug

el alternador

alternator

el tanque de gasolina

petrol tank (GB)/

gas tank

el turbo

turbocharger

el distribuidor

distributor

el ralenti

timing

el chassis

chassis

la banda del disco /

la correa del disco

cam belt

el freno de mano 

parking brake /

hand brake

la banda del ventilador /

la correa del ventilador 

fan belt

Lists of words

There is a problem with lists of words. You can got lost "in the weeds" and cannot find what you are looking for.

Hence the key words / expressions below that you might be looking for - with friendly visual support.

¡Vámonos!

Car brakes in Spanish

el freno

Car bearings in Spanish

el cojinete (bearings)

Car battery in Spanish

la batería

Car gasket in Spanish

gasket

 A car gasket in Spanish is :

junta

or

tapón

Car hood in Spanish

A car hood (bonnet in GB English) is:

el capó 

Car insurance in Spanish

seguro

"Un seguro" is the word for insurance in Spanish.

New car in Spanish

“... un coche nuevo......


or


un carro nuevo”

Carpool in Spanish

carpool

A car pool is Spanish is translated as to share the car i.e.

compatir el coche / carro

Our car in Spanish

“... nuestro coche ......


or


nuestro carro”

Car park in Spanish

carpark

A car park /parking lot in Spanish has a variety of possibilities:

  • un aparcamiento
  • un estacionamiento
  • un parking


Police car in Spanish

A police car in Spanish is:

un coche (Spain) / carro (Lat Am) / de policía

Sports car in Spanish

sports car / car in Spanish

Used car in Spanish

“... un coche usado......


or


un carro usado


or


un coche de segunda mano”

Car seat in Spanish

A car seat is :

un asiento de coche / carro

car in Spanish | car seat

A removable seat for a child is :

una silla infantil

Car in Spanish | child's car seat


Car wash in Spanish

car wash
Car wash

The screenshot above is from wordreference.com.

If you have not used wordreference.com before it is a fantastic online resource. Quickly and effeciently, you can find a translation.

And, it is much more accurate than google translate.

Move your car in Spanish

“¿Puede mover su

coche / carro, por favor?”

Hopeful tourist!

Park your car in Spanish

“¿Puedo aparcar mi coche / carro aquí, por favor?”

Hopeful tourist!

Conclusion

So there it is!

Lots of key phrases and vocabulary related to cars in Spanish.

The most important to remember is - what side of the pond you are!

Coche - Spain.

Carro - Latin America.

It is as easy as that! 

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