How do you refer to objects cars and robots say in a story? I drove my car to the garage. It is a fairly new car or she is fairly new? then in the dialogues: This is lovely car, what is its name? or what is her name? it is called mickey mouse or she is called mickey mouse? Then I have been the latest robot show and I was impressed. One was made to wave its/His arms and walk. It/He is a fast robot. It/He does all sorts of stunts. The question which would you use?