Car Parts in Spanish: All the Spanish car vocab you need

Car parts in Spanish

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Whether you’re planning a road trip in a Spanish-speaking country, or you’re simply a car enthusiast, this post on car parts in Spanish is designed for you.

Today we’ll cover all there is to know about car parts in Spanish, from the inside out. Of course we’ll also go through many Spanish words for parts of the motor and body. Finally, we’ll add some verbs we normally use when talking about cars or driving cars. As always, we’ll include lots of examples for you to see this Spanish car vocab in action.

So buckle up, because we’re about to start our vocabulary engines!

Car in Spanish in Different Regions

Before we even get into specific car vocab in Spanish, let’s just make sure we know how to say car in Spanish. In fact, native speakers use different words for car according to their country of origin. As a bonus, click through for full slang lessons on each of the countries we mention here.

In Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile, people normally use auto when talking about a car. Auto is an abbreviation for automóvil.

Coche is another option for car in Spanish. Coche is the common word in Spain, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Mexico.

Finally, carro is another common word for car in Spanish, mainly used in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.

Interior Car Parts in Spanish

Now that you’re familiar with the various Spanish words for cars in different countries, let’s dive into the most important terms for interior car parts in Spanish.

Interior car components: English Interior car components: Spanish
Accelerator El acelerador
Air bag La bolsa de aire
Air conditioning El aire acondicionado
Backseat El asiento trasero
Brake El freno
Clutch El embrague
Dashboard El tablero, El panel
Door ajar warning light La luz de advertencia de puerta abierta
Floor mat La alfombra, El tapete
Gas gauge El medidor de la gasolina
Gearshift, Shifter La palanca de cambios, Las velocidades
Glove compartment La guantera
Hand brake, Emergency brake El freno de mano
Horn El claxon, La bocina
Ignition switch El encendido
Keys Las llaves
Odometer El cuentakilómetros, El velocímetro
Rearview mirror El espejo retrovisor
Seats Los asientos
Seatbelt El cinturón de seguridad
Speedometer El velocímetro
Steering wheel El volante
Vent La ventila, El ventilador
Warning lights Las luces de advertencia
Windshield El parabrisas
  • When Juan saw the warning lights, he braked immediately. – Cuando Juan vio las luces de advertencia frenó de inmediato.
  • We honked the horn so that the donkeys would move. – Tocamos la bocina para que los burros se movieran.
  • I’m sorry, but the gearshift doesn’t work. – Lo siento pero no funciona la palanca de cambios.

Exterior Car Parts in Spanish

Knowing how to mention the internal elements of a car is as important as knowing the vocabulary related to the external car parts. Let’s see what we’ve got from the outside of cars in Spanish.

Exterior Car Parts: English Exterior Car Parts: Spanish
Antenna La antena
Front bumper La defensa delantera
Back bumper La defensa trasera
Car grille La parrilla
Car window La ventanilla
Doors Las puertas
Door handles Las manijas de las puertas
Exhaust pipe El tubo de escape
Fenders Los guardabarros
Fog lights Las luces antiniebla
Headlights Los faros
Hood El capó
License plate La placa, La patente
Roof El techo
Side mirrors Los espejos retrovisores laterales
Spare tire El neumático de repuesto
Sun roof El techo solar
Taillights Las luces traseras
Tire El neumático, La llanta
Turn signal lights Las luces de giro
Trunk La cajuela, El baúl
Windshield wiper El limpia parabrisas
  • This model comes with a sun roof. – Este modelo viene con techo solar.
  • The things we need for work are in the trunk of the car. – Las elementos de trabajo están en el baúl del auto.
  • It was raining a lot, so we had to turn on the windshield wipers. – Estaba lloviendo mucho y tuvimos que encender el limpia parabrisas.

If you want some additional vocab that may come in handy when talking about cars and car parts in Spanish, here are some links to a few of our other detailed posts on other specific topics. We also include several that are specific to travel.

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I miss you in Spanish

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Spanish weather vocab

It is what it is

Adjectives in Spanish

Colors in Spanish

Physical descriptions in Spanish

Units of measurement in Spanish

Numbers in Spanish

Spanish money vocab

Stop in Spanish

Emergencies in Spanish

Parts of the Motor in Spanish

Now let’s get into more specific technical vocabulary for car parts in Spanish. The following terms may come in handy if you encounter any issues with your car. Our focus here is on the most relevant and significant components of a car engine that you may need to talk about.

Motor parts: English Motor parts: Spanish
Air compressor El compresor de aire
Air filter El filtro de aire
Alternator El alternador
Battery La batería
Camshaft El árbol de levas
Carburetor El carburador
Coil La bobina
Crash sensor El sensor de colisión
Dipstick La varilla del aceite
Distributor El distribuidor
Filter El filtro
Gas pump La bomba de gasolina
Hose La manguera
Oil filter El filtro de aceite
Radiator El radiador
Spark plug La bujía
Springs Los resortes
Thermostat El termostato
Valve La válvula
Water pump La bomba de agua
  • The battery is not working any more. – La batería no funciona más.
  • The air filter has a hole. – El filtro de aire tiene un agujero.
  • You need to change the water pump. – Necesitas cambiar la bomba de agua.

Spanish Verbs related to Cars

In this list, we present the verbs for many of the actions we normally talk about with cars in Spanish.

English car verbs Spanish car verbs
To accelerate Acelerar
To back up, To go in reverse Retroceder, Ir marcha atrás
To brake Frenar
To change lanes Cambiar de carril
To check the oil Revisar el aceite
To drive Conducir, Manejar
To fasten the seatbelt Ajustar el cinturón de seguridad
To fill up the tank Llenar el tanque
To fix the car Arreglar el carro
To honk the horn Tocar la bocina
To overtake Adelantarse
To park Estacionar
To run out of gas Quedarse sin gasolina
To shift gears Pasar los cambios
To slow down Bajar la velocidad
To speed up Aumentar la velocidad
To start the car Encender, Arrancar el auto
To stop Detenerse, Parar
To stop the car Apagar, Detener el coche
To turn Girar, Doblar
To work, To function Funcionar
  • Accelerating in curves is dangerous. – Acelerar en la curvas es peligroso.
  • Turning left is prohibited. – Prohibido girar a la izquierda.
  • My car is not working. I have to fix it. – Mi auto no funciona, tengo que arreglarlo.

Conclusion: Car parts in Spanish

What a great Spanish car tour! We’re confident that the vocab for car parts in Spanish that we’ve just presented will fully equip you to discuss any situations around a car with adequate detail.

Whether describing a car’s interior or exterior, or even talking about the internal car parts in Spanish, we’ve got you covered with the right vocab! In addition, we listed the most important verbs related to cars and driving.

So whether you’re planning to drive a car in Latin America or simply interested in Spanish car talk, you’re now equipped to discuss cars and car parts in Spanish!


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