68 car parts: Essential vocabulary in Spanish

68 car parts: Essential vocabulary in Spanish

by Alison Maciejewski Cortez

Updated October 16, 2023

If you’re a car geek, then car parts in Spanish will be a snap. If you’re like everyone else, car parts are just something you have to know because you drive a car. You might even have to learn the names of some things in English before you can memorize the word in Spanish. Whether you’re renting a car to drive one of GQ’s coastal road trips in Mexico or trying to repair your vehicle in a Spanish-speaking country, vocabulary about car parts in Spanish is a useful word set to have ready.

Not all countries use the same words for car parts in Spanish. A car in Spain is called coche, but in Chile, it’s called auto, and in Mexico the word is carro. In Colombia, a windshield wiper is a plumilla but in Mexico, it’s a limpiaparabrisas. Our list of car parts in Spanish will give you a strong foundation in general words for car parts in English and Spanish.

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External car parts in Spanish

Let’s start with the outside parts of the car. 

2espejos laterales/retrovisoresside mirrors
3limpiaparabrisas/plumillaswindshield wipers
4rejilla delanteragrill
5parachoques/paragolpes delanterofront bumper
6parachoques/paragolpes traserorear bumper
10carroceríacar body
11manija exteriordoor handle
12puerta delantera lado conductordriver door
13puerta delantera lado pasajeropassenger door
14puerta trasera lado conductorrear driver-side door
15puerta trasera lado pasajerorear passenger-side door
16luz traseratail light
17luz delanteraheadlight
18luz direccional/señaleroturn signal
19faros/luces nieblafog lights
22techo solar/techo panorámicosun roof
23techo descapotable/convertible/cabrioléconvertible top
27placa/matrícula/chapalicense plate
28pintura automotrizauto paint

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Internal car parts in Spanish

Let’s move on to the internal car parts in Spanish.

29asiento delanterofront seat
30asiento traserorear seat
31volantesteering wheel
34filtro de aireair filter
35filtro de aceiteoil filter
40frenos de discodisk brake
42mofle/rumble silenciadormuffler
45bujíaspark plug
47palanca de cambiosgear shifter
48aceleradorgas pedal
49pedal de frenobrake pedal
50pedal de clutch/embragueclutch pedal
51guanteraglove compartment
52soporte de tazacup holder

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Verbs to talk about car parts in Spanish

Buying/fixing car parts

53Busco… I’m looking for…
54Me puede arreglar…Can you fix…
55Se falló/rompió [algo]…[Something] broke…
(how to use “se” in Spanish)

Driving or riding in the car

57avance go
58tenga cuidado be careful
59modere su velocidadslow down
60acelerar to accelerate
61abroche su cinturónfasten your seatbelt
62gire a la derecha/izquierdaturn right/left
63no invada la ciclovía por favordon’t invade the bike lane please
(imperative tense for a command)
64subir al cocheto get in the car
65bajar del cocheto get out of the car
66apagar el cocheturn off the engine
67encender el cochestart the car
68Me atropelló el cocheThe car ran me over/hit me
(past tense in Spanish)

Final tip to find car parts in Spanish online

This list of car parts in Spanish is a good starting place for anything automotive-related. As with other vocabulary, the words may change depending on the country. Not to worry. My best tip to check for local vocabulary of car parts in Spanish is this: go to the website of a local online retailer and search one of these terms above. When I need to talk about car parts in Spanish in Mexico, I use the local mercadolibre.com.mx website. Mercado Libre is also the most popular site in Chile, but it uses the mercadolibre.cl domain; Argentina uses .ar, Colombia .co and the list keeps going. This is important to keep in mind because adjusting the domain for each Latin American country is what will get you the right terms for the items you’re looking for, even if the website has the same name. Find your national online retailer using the domain of the country you’re in!

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Alison Maciejewski Cortez

Alison Maciejewski Cortez is Chilean-American, born and raised in California. She studied abroad in Spain, has lived in multiple countries, and now calls Mexico home. She believes that learning how to order a beer in a new language reveals a lot about local culture. Alison speaks English, Spanish, and Thai fluently and studies Turkish. Her consulting business takes her around the world and she is excited to share language tips as part of the Lingoda team. Follow her culinary and cultural experiences on Twitter.

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