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Tow Truck
A Tow Truck in GTA V.
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle class
Vehicle type Public Service/Industrial vehicle
Body style Tow truck
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto 2
GTA San Andreas
The Lost and Damned
Grand Theft Auto V
Manufacturer Vapid (HD Universe)
Related vehicle(s) Large Tow Truck

For the mission in Grand Theft Auto V, see Tow Truck.
For the large variant in Grand Theft Auto V, see Tow Truck.

The Vapid Tow Truck or Towtruck is, as implied, a name for a series of hook-and-chain tow trucks featured in Grand Theft Auto 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Lost and Damned downloadable episodic pack for Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V. The name of the tow truck in GTA San Andreas and The Lost and Damned are rendered in a single word, "Towtruck." Each variant of the towtruck sports amber flashing lights that can only be operated in Grand Theft Auto V by tapping the horn button.



The Tow Truck debuted in GTA 2 as a towing vehicle based on the chassis of a Chevrolet COE, and a cab design similar to certain large trucks in the game (including the Van, Ice Cream Van, Hot Dog Van and the G4 Bank Van); the vehicle is also available with yellow body color only. The vehicle also lacks any towing ability, unlike the Truck Cab and Truck Cab SX. It is only in Multiplayer, so most people who have GTA 2 have never driven it.

GTA San Andreas

In GTA San Andreas, the tow truck resembles a 3rd generation Chevy C/K. It is useful for stealing locked cars or cars that the player desires and putting them in property garages that CJ owns and keeping them and thus modifying them for performance when desired or for show, or for when CJ gathers GSF members and engage in a turf war.

The Lost and Damned

The Vapid Towtruck in GTA IV's The Lost and Damned appears to be the same make as the Slamvan, which resembles a Chevrolet C3100 tow truck, but looks like a 1940-1950 Ford F-100. However, the headlights and grille look like they are from a 1975-'79 Ford Econoline van, and the windshield and door tops awkwardly appear to be from a 1980's Ford F-Series. Constantly featuring "Native Engines" company logos on its doors, it is rusty and in disrepair, and has a distorted horn, much like the "beater" variants of the Emperor, Sabre, and Vigero. As in GTA 2, the Towtruck is incapable of towing anything.


There are two different Tow Trucks featuring in GTA V. The regular Tow Truck looks the same as it did in The Lost and Damned. It always spawns in its beater form, with rusty paintjob and slightly dilapidated bodywork. This Tow Truck is capable of being customized in Los Santos Customs like any other vehicle, as well as capable of being stored in any garage owned by the player. It is capable of lifting and towing any vehicle it hooks to, including transport trucks and attached trailers, although you will require all available engine upgrades and a flat surface to make any progress with large vehicles. It is also capable of creating a chain and staying attached to other vehicles even if they player is not in it, meaning you can create large chains of tow trucks strung together without them de-spawning. These trucks can be found spawning in Paleto Bay coming in off the northern section of the highway, or in tow.

The second variant is the Large Tow Truck, which is larger than the regular Tow Truck and has a more modern appearance. The Large Tow Truck is significantly less common than the regular Tow Truck.


Despite being a tow truck, the Tow Truck in GTA San Andreas is very fast, but has a tad understeer. It is perfect for off-road, because of its soft suspensions, great grip, and powerful V8 engine. It is also a durable vehicle, and can even survive a collision with Rhino (which normally blows up weaker vehicles on impact). This can be especially helpful when the Los Santos Riots break out, as it can take quite a number of bullets and survive close up explosions. It handles about the same as the Sadler, only faster, with a stronger engine, and the ability to tow. It ties with other pickup trucks like the Yosemite, in overall performance.

The HD Universe rendition of the Towtruck is considerably inferior in performance, possessing average acceleration (owed largely to its light weight) and top speed, but possesses poor steering which requires the aid of brakes to corner sharply. Its rear wheel drive configuration and slightly overpowered engine also results in the Towtruck suffering from minor sliding after tight turns.



  • The default radio stations for the Tow Truck are:
  • Oddly, in GTA San Andreas, the Tow Truck shares the same horn with the Super GT.
  • On the PC, Xbox, and Mobile versions of GTA San Andreas, due to a glitch, the towing cable and hook may sometimes disappear from the towing arm, especially when losing a towed car due to high speed and sharp turning. It will still be capable of towing vehicles without a visible hook, though.
  • In GTA San Andreas, if larger or heavier vehicles are towed by the Tow Truck, some glitches may occur. For example, towing a Dozer and turning the Tow Truck sharply in any direction will throw the two vehicles in opposite directions with great force. Also, if you tow a Packer with some vehicles on its back, the vehicles may sometimes be thrown into the air with great force, and the Packer may catch on fire and explode. Similar glitches may also occur if towing a line of multiple Tow Trucks. The same applies to the Tractor.
  • In The Lost and Damned, the tow truck has the same horn as the beater Vigero.
  • The TLAD version of the tow truck doesn't have reversing lights. This also applies to the Intruder, Super Diamond, ContenderSuper Drop Diamond and several other vehicles.
  • In Grand Theft Auto V you may purchase the towtruck company and begin towtruck mini-missions after completing Tonya's stranger missions.
  • The Tow Truck in GTA V and TLAD shares its truck bed with the Bobcat but with a different bumper and tail lights and modified bed sides. This is a reference to the Chevrolet stepside trucks (which the Bobcat in GTA IV is based on) which kept the same basic bed design well into the 80s.
  • Originally, the Tow Truck could be obtained in GTA Online via a glitch, but after later updates, it got patched, rendering the Tow Truck unobtainable.
  • If you install a Clown horn on the Tow Truck in GTA V and hold the horn button, it will repeat the horn until you release the button, unlike most vehicles that only honk the clown horn once.
  • In GTA V, towing a vehicle and storing the Tow Truck in the protagonist's personal garage will cause the vehicle being towed to enter the garage with the Tow Truck. However the vehicle will still be attached to the hook of the vehicle, glitching out and may cause damage to other vehicles inside the garage.



  • The vehicle is only available in the game's multiplayer modes, as it cannot be found in any districts in Anywhere City or any single-player missions.

GTA San Andreas

GTA The Lost and Damned


  • Spawns outside at the Beeker's Garage in Paleto Bay.
  • Rarely spawns in the above location in a unique black and green color scheme. (XB1/PS4)
  • Can also be spotted on the road being driven on highways
  • Sometimes spawns on the beach down the road from the Sandy Shores Tattoo Parlor next to Marina Drive. A Rat-Loader may be found instead. 

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