I have always wondered what is the difference between 'coche' and 'carro'.

I have done some googling on it but still can't understand.

Can anyone explain it and give me some examples please!! :)

  • "carro" is used only in "Latin America", "auto" is used only in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, and "coche" and "automóvil" can be used anywhere. Jul 25, 2022 at 20:16

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In Spain we favor coche for a car, while a carro is more like a four wheeled cart (similar to the word carreta, which is a smaller, two wheeled cart), the one that would use horses or mules to pull it.

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In most Latin American countries the word carro designates a car (automobile). It is just a regional difference. If carro is used in Spain to designate an automobile the word is considered slang.

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    Feb 4, 2015 at 3:21
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    – serfe
    Feb 4, 2015 at 8:49

If you come to Chile, you will notice that these words have very specific uses:

Coche: the one used for carry babies.

Carro: which is used to buy in the supermarket (or Internet).

Both words can be used to refer to the train wagons. None of them means car, like in other countries.

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    Then, what do you use for car?
    – Gorpik
    Feb 4, 2015 at 16:23
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    In Chile: informal auto, formal automóvil.
    – Rodrigo
    Feb 4, 2015 at 17:00

En mi sitio, el estado de California, la palabra "carro" tiene dos significados: coche y otro es carro de compras. Algunos dicen "carrito"


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