Eight of the best Film Quotes about Cars

Every car enthusiast has watched a movie and dreamed of owning the classic car that’s stolen the show, but sometimes the motoring dialogue can actually be quite relatable.

Cars have been at the heart of the action in Hollywood for decades and some memorable observations about driving have stuck with us over the years.

The film buffs in the LeaseCar.uk office have revealed eight of the most renowned big screen quotes about cars, which many petrolheads can probably see a touch of truth in.

1. “A man with priorities so far out of whack doesn’t deserve such a fine automobile.”

Do people who don’t treat a luxury car well deserve one? Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) poses this interesting question in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986).

2. “He never drives it, Ferris. He just rubs it with a diaper.”

Cameron’s (Alan Ruck) response demonstrates, though, that you can become a bit too obsessed with a classic car – in this case a 1958 Ferrari 250 GTS California – and forget it’s made to be driven.

3. “Need I remind you, 007, that you have a licence to kill, not to break the traffic laws.”

In the 1995 movie GoldenEye, Q (Desmond Llewelyn) had to remind Pierce Brosnan that even James Bond isn’t above the law when behind the wheel.

4. “Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end.”

Ghostbusters (1984) character Dr. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) isn’t the first person to find the old car they really want, only to realise it needs more work than they first thought. 

5. “Men love women, but even more than that, men love cars.”

In 2013 epic Rush, about the battle between champion Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Lord Hesketh (Christian McKay) made a telling observation.

6. “You care more about that car than you do about most people.”

An obsession with cars isn’t gender specific, as this quote from Thelma (Geena Davis) to Louise (Susan Sarandon) in Thelma & Louise (1991) demonstrates.

7. “It’s the car, right? Chicks always dig the car.”

This quote from Batman (Val Kilmer) in 1989 version Batman Forever suggests that someone’s car can sometimes be the most appealing thing about them.

8. “I always say, the way a man treats his car is how he treats himself.”

The Transporter, released in 2002, starred Jason Statham as Frank Martin, but it was Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand) who made this wise observation about the condition of a person’s vehicle.