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Question #90015 posted on 07/04/2017 11:26 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why does it seem that knowledge of car makes and models is common knowledge? I know of models like Jaguar, Tesla, and Ferari, but I don't think I could recognize them. To me it would just be a fancy looking car. I hadn't even heard of an Audi until I heard coworkers talking about it. I went to a "middle of the cornfield" high school that received very little funding. Maybe my high school did not offer a car knowledge class that is standard in every other high school? How do people learn this stuff?

-More Knowledgeable in Other Subjects


Dear Aziraphale,

Well, I certainly don't really know anything about cars. So, at least you're not the only one who didn't show up to the make and model class.



Dear Knowledgeable,

There are different kinds of cars?

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave, who is painfully ignorant about cars


Dear yosef,

Yeah, I also know (almost) nothing. One time my dad asked what kind of car my boyfriend-at-the-time drove and I said, "A small one?" To which he responded, "Right, sorry," because he had forgotten I didn't know things. 

And, since Alta explains below why people might know things, I'll share this cool semi-related thing: One time I had a conversation with a guy about how his Young Men's leader made scriptures cool to him when the leader started a class by saying that he thought Nephi was a cars guy because of what he knew about Laban's sword and the way he revered it. It'd be similar to noticing the sweet rims and spoiler on a 2017 BMW Z3 (or something). And that was a cool way to humanize Nephi, which I appreciated. 

-Auto Surf definitely didn't need to use Google to know what car to reference. Pshh. 


Dear Knowledge,

While it may seem like everyone (except people on the Board, apparently) know everything about cars, it's probably just an example of cherry-picking. When nobody comments on cars it just seems normal and you don't notice anything, but when someone points out a car driving past and says, "Wow, look at that [whatever type of car,]" and someone else starts talking to them about it, it makes it seem like really everyone knows way more about cars than most people do.

My husband (whoa it feels weird to write that) knows a lot about cars, so I asked him how he acquired all his knowledge. He said he's always been interested in cars, so when the opportunity arises to learn more about them, he takes it. That means listening to/participating in conversations about cars, googling specific questions he has, physically working on cars, reading random articles he runs across about cars, etc. By talking to him about cars I've learned a lot more than I ever knew before, but hoo boy I still have a long way to go. My guess is that most people who know a lot about cars are like him--at some point in time they took the effort to learn about cars based on their own initiative.

But pro-tip: most cars say the make and model on the back. Every make has a specific sign (three little shields for Buick, interlocking circles for Audi, whatever Toyota's sign is supposed to be, etc), and it's almost always displayed in the middle of the trunk of the car, and off to one side they'll usually say what the model is. Looking for those is the only way I ever know what a car is, so if I'm behind the car I can sound knowledgeable, but otherwise I'm hopeless.


posted on 07/06/2017 2:31 p.m.
I got this information too late to add to my original answer, but apparently my husband also recommends watching the TV show Top Gear if you want to learn more about different car things.