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How to identify car emblems

Updated April 17, 2017

For car enthusiasts, being able to identify car brands and makes is an essential skill. Knowing your car emblems (and automotive company logos) can really simplify and speed up the identifying process. This can get tricky, however, if you run into less recognisable car emblems. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take and many resources available that can make it easier for you to quickly and accurately identify these mysterious car emblems.

Check to see if the manufacturer's name is abbreviated or otherwise incorporated into the emblem. For example, the emblem for Fiat cars is simply Fiat spelt out, and Bentley car emblems include the letter B.

Determine if it's a rare emblem. If the emblem is totally new to you, chances are it's not a car make that's commonly driven or seen before. You can then consult a vintage or rare car company logo guide, list or photo gallery to identify the emblem.

Make note of the emblem's characteristics. Does it use a symbol, animal or letter? Doing this helps ensure that you won't forget any relevant details and will be able to identify the emblem by referencing a logo guide.

Things You'll Need

  • Car emblems list or photo gallery (print or online)
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About the Author

Ruby Neusom has been a professional writer since 2009. She has published work in "Poetry Is Dead," "Pearls" and Inked. She holds an Associate of Arts in creative writing from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a Bachelor of Arts in English literature (Hons.) from the University of British Columbia and is pursuing a diploma in professional writing at Douglas College.