The 25 Best Tow Mater Quotes from the Cars Movies

You all know the Disney movie Cars and the amazing Lightning McQueen, but do you know his faithful sidekick, Tow Mater?

Tow Mater is one of the main characters of the Cars franchise. He’s one of the most lovable, funny Disney sidekicks and makes the Cars movies that much more fun!

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Let’s start with a bit of background. The Cars movies are set in the the cutest little town of Radiator Springs, which is located somewhere near Route 66.

The movies star everyone’s favorite car hero Lighting McQueen, a rookie race car who accidentally gets stranded in Radiator Springs. Radiator Springs was once a thriving town, but when Interstate 40 bypassed it, people stopped visiting and many of the businesses closed down.

Tow Mater

Tow Mater is an endearing character who’s always there for Lightning McQueen and Radiator Springs. He’s adorably naive, but also very lovable and is very loyal to his friends. Mater is also a favorite among fans of the movies, who can’t help but laugh at his antics.

Mater is a tow truck who loves chatting with his best friend Lightning McQueen. He’s not the smartest car in the movie, but he doesn’t let that stop him from being himself! He’s also got a good heart and is always there to help his friends.

Mater is voiced by stand-up comedian Larry the Cable Guy in all three movies.

We love Cars and especially Mater so we wanted to share some funny Tow Mater quotes with you!

Famous Tow Mater Quotes

The Best Tow Mater Quotes

Tow Mater Quotes From Cars 1

Mater: My name is Mater.
Lightning McQueen: Mater?
Mater: Yeah, like “Tuh-Mater”, but without the “Tuh”! What’s your name?
Lightning McQueen: You…You don’t know MY name?
Mater: Oh, I know your name. Is your name Mater too?
Lightning McQueen: What?

Fun fact – this exchange was actually said by the man who inspired Mater! Mater in Cars was inspired by a real person – Douglas ”Mater” Keever, a 48-year-old construction superintendent who lives in Sherrills Ford, N.C. 

Lightning McQueen : I’m serious! He’s won three Piston Cups!
Mater : [spits out fuel]  He did WHAT in his cup?

Lightning McQueen : I thought you said you’d never come back.
Doc Hudson : Well, I really didn’t have a choice. Mater didn’t get to say goodbye.
Mater : GOODBYE! Okay, I’m good.

[tractors have stampeded the town]
Sheriff: MATER!
Mater: I wasn’t tractor-tippin’!
Sheriff: Then where’d all these gol-darn tractors come from?

Mater: I knew it! I knowed I made a good choice!
Lightning McQueen: In what?
Mater: My bes’ friend.

Mater: Hey, look! There’s Miss Sally!
Lightning McQueen: Where?!
Mater: [laughs] I got you good!
Lightning McQueen: Awww…
Mater: Lightning’s in love with Miss Sally! Lightning’s in love with Miss Sally!

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Mater : You know, I once knew this girl Doreen. Good-looking girl. Looked just like a Jaguar, only she was a truck! You know, I used to crash into her just so I could speak to her.
Lightning McQueen : What… are you talking about?
Mater : I dunno.

Mater: She’s my fiance.
Lightning McQueen: What?!
Mater: Ha ha! Just kiddin’. She just likes me for my body.

Mater: That’s Frank.

Tow Mater at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Mater: I’m happier than a tornado in a trailer park.

Mater: All right. Your turn now.
Lightning McQueen: Mater, I can’t. I don’t even have a horn.
Mater: Baby.
Lightning McQueen: I’m not a baby.

Lightning McQueen : I’m a precision instrument of speed and aerodynamics.
Mater : You hurt your what?

Lightning McQueen : Will you stop that?
Mater : Stop what?
Lightning McQueen : That driving backwards. It’s creeping me out. You’re gonna wreck or something.
Mater : Wreck? Shoot! I’m the world’s best backwards driver! Just watch this right here, lover boy.

Mater: This may be bad time to mention this, but uh… you owe me $32,000 in legal fees.

Tow Mater at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Mater : McQueen and Sally parked beneath the tree, K-I-S-somethin’-somethin’-somethin’-T.

Mater: What’s your name?
Lightning McQueen: You… you don’t know my name?
Mater: No, uh… no, I know your name. Is your name Mater too?

Mater: Git-R-Done!

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Mater: Oh, he’s just a little bit shy, and he hates ya for killing his flowers.

Lightning McQueen : Oh, I am SO not taking you to dinner.
Sally : That’s OK, Stickers. You can take Bessie.
Mater : Oh, man, you get to work with Bessie! I’d give my left two lugnuts for somethin’ like that!

Mater : [in a scared voice as a spotlight hits Lightning]  It’s the ghostlight!
Kathy Copter : We have found McQueen. We have found McQueen.

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Tow Mater Quotes from Cars 2

Mater: I sure wish he’d hurry up and get back ’cause we got a whole summer’s worth of best friend fun to make up for.

Mater: Whatever you do, DO NOT EAT the free pistachio ice cream! It has TURNED.

Finn McMissile : I never properly introduced myself: Finn McMissile, British Intelligence.
Mater : Tow Mater, average intelligence.

Radiator Springs Sign at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Francesco Bernoulli : [at the Tokyo World Grand Prix party, Francesco spots Lightning]  Ah! Lightning McQueen! Bona seda!
Lightning McQueen : Uh, nice to meet you, Francesco.
Francesco Bernoulli : Yes, nice to meet you too. You are very good looking. Not as good as I thought, but you’re good!

Mater : ‘Scuse me, can I get a picture with you?
[drives next to Francesco] 
Francesco Bernoulli : Ah, anything for McQueen’s friend.
Mater : Miss Sally is gonna flip when she sees this!
[Lightning sighs] 
Mater : She’s Lightning McQueen’s girlfriend.
Francesco Bernoulli : Ooh…
Mater : She’s a big fan of yers.
Francesco Bernoulli : Hey, she has a-good taste.
Lightning McQueen : Well, Mater’s prone to exaggeration; I wouldn’t say she’s a “big fan”.
Mater : You’re right. She’s a HUGE fan! She goes on and on about your open wheels here.
[He taps Francesco’s left front wheel] 
Lightning McQueen : Well, mentioning it once doesn’t qualify as going “on and on”.
Francesco Bernoulli : Francesco is familiar with this… reaction to Francesco. Women respect a car that has a-nothing to hide.
Lightning McQueen : Yeah, uh…
[fake-laughs and shakes his frame “no” while falsely smiling] 

Tow Mater at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Tow Mater Quotes From Cars 3

Mater: [talking to Lightning on his smartphone] You know what I’d do?
Lightning: What?
Mater: … I dunno. I got nothin’.

Mater: [singing] ? My cup holder’s happy, my tank is full. My engine’s running like a Brahma bull. My bumpers are polished and talk about luck. I just got a date with an ice cream truck. ? [laughs as his smartphone rings] Huh? [knocks over a pile of tires] Aah! Shoot. Hey, McQueen, you still there? McQueen? Ugh. Technology!

FAQ about Tow Mater

What is Tow Mater’s catchphrase?

Mater’s catchphrases are “Dad gum!”, “If I’m lyin’, I’m cryin’!”, and “Git-R-Done!”

What disability does Tow Mater have?

While Mater does not have a declared disability, he does have savant-like knowledge on race car parts. He has a childlike personality.

What is Mater’s quote about why he is so good about driving backwards?

According to Mater, “he doesn’t need to know where he’s going as long as he knows where he’s been.”

What does Tow Mater say about dents?

Mater says, “I don’t get them dents buffed, pulled, filled or painted by nobody.” Mater likes his dents as they remind him of events of his past.

What does Mater say at the beginning of Tall Tales?

Each episode of Tall Tales opens with Mater popping out of his garage door and declaring, “If I’m lyin’, I’m cryin’!”

Who is Tow Mater’s girlfriend?

Mater is dating Holly Shiftwell.

Those are some of the most loved Tow Mater quotes! For more of our favorite quotes from Disney movies and characters, try these posts:

If you are a Cars fan, be sure to check out Disney’s Art of Animation Resort! You can get there from the Skyliner. Even if you choose not to stay there, it is a really fun resort to check out. The Cars area is our favorite!


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