Beaters (not to be confused with Wrecks) are cars in the Grand Theft Auto series with reduced performance, engine problems or mismatched body parts like bumpers and fenders. They are rusted or run down.
These cars are old and rusted, but still drivable, albeit with reduced performance. In GTA San Andreas, these are actually separate vehicles to their normal counterparts in the game's code, explaining why they cannot be repaired or modified.
The GTA series has not traditionally featured working cars in dilapidated form until GTA San Andreas. Earlier signs of such vehicles are primarily present in GTA III's Hoods Rumpo XL and GTA Vice City's Gang Burrito (variants of the Rumpo and Burrito, respectively). Both vehicles, which are essentially variants of commercial vehicles, feature multicolored body panels and paint jobs, as well as graffiti on their sides, but they are both superior in performance over the vehicles they are based on.
In GTA San Andreas the Clover and Tampa appear with mismatched body paneling, the Tampa itself depicting a lopsided license plates. In addition, damaged variants of the Glendale and Sadler are scattered throughout rural San Andreas, with their body panels dented and irreparable.
In GTA IV, beaters tend to have delayed ignitions, very weak suspensions, weak tires and a tendency to backfire. GTA IV beaters can be repaired/repainted, though the weak performances remain.
In GTA V, a few beaters can actually be given more performance-oriented modifications than their undamaged counterparts, making the beater variants more desirable; these include the beater Rebel which can be turned into a Baja 500-esque trophy truck, and the Rat-Loader which can be modified into a high-performance rat rod. However, even with resprays and repairs, any rust, fading, dents and corrosion cannot be removed, unless the is a specific modification that replaces the damaged parts with undamaged ones.
List of Known Beaters
|Clover||The Clover features a mismatched front quarter panel on the driver's side, as well as a mismatched passenger door and trunk lid which gives the car the appearance of a poorly maintained muscle car.||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|
|Tampa||It has multiple mismatched body panels, a crooked bumper, and rusty trim, most likely indicating it was put together with spare parts from a junkyard.||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|
|Ruined Glendale||A beater version of the Glendale (internally named GLENSHIT), which cannot be repaired or modified.||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|
|Ruined Sadler||A beater version of the Sadler (internally named SADLSHIT) that cannot be repaired or modified.||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|
|Walton||The Walton appears as a dirty, well-used farm or work truck, having permanent dirt, rust around its trim, and a somewhat rusty underside.||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|
|Burrito beater||A poorly maintained, rusty, modified Burrito, used as a gang vehicle by the Angels of Death in The Lost and Damned. It resembles The A-Team van.||The Lost and Damned|
|Vigero beater||Rusty, dilapidated version of the Vigero. Common damage includes missing headlights, windows, mirrors and fenders. The rear windows also appear to be held on with duct tape.||Grand Theft Auto IV|
|Emperor beater||Rusty, dilapidated version of the Emperor. It features broken headlights, peeling paint, and sometimes missing fenders. However, it is still the most "luxurious" beater in the game.||Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V|
|Sabre beater||Rusty, dilapidated version of the Sabre. Often features a missing grille, one missing/mismatched tail pipe, missing/broken headlights, or bodywork patched with shoddy spot welding.||Grand Theft Auto IV|
|Regina beater||The Regina in the Lost and Damned has no non-beater variant. It features a worn out engine, ignition troubles and a tendency to backfire, like other beaters in the game. Therefore, one can assume its performance was much better at some point in time.||The Lost and Damned|
|Yankee beater||A beater variant of the Yankee, which itself can be considered a beater, often featuring rust, graffiti, and other signs of poor maintenance, especially on the Sprunk variant.||The Lost and Damned|
|Tow Truck||The Tow Truck featured in the Lost and Damned is essentially a poorly maintained, beater variant of the Slamvan.||The Lost and Damned|
|Esperanto Beater||It is much better maintained than other beater variants, and in many respects is actually superior to the original Esperanto.||Grand Theft Auto IV|
|Voodoo beater||The Voodoo in GTA V can be found in traffic as a beater, but can be upgraded to a Custom variant at Benny's Original Motor Works in Grand Theft Auto Online. It has better performance than its GTA IV counterpart.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Rebel beater||The Rebel in GTA V is usually found in beater form. The beater Rebel features rusted bodywork, faded paint, and heavily corroded chrome trim. Despite its worn out appearance, the beater Rebels can be given performance modifications unavailable on the standard Rebel, making it more desirable. It is known as "Rusty Rebel" by Southern San Andreas Super Autos. The Rebel's armed variant, the Technical, only appears in a beater condition.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Duneloader||The Duneloader in GTA V has no non-beater variant. It features rusted bodywork and faded paint, and the bed is full of random trash.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Surfer beater||The beater variant of the Surfer features rusted bodywork, faded paint, and heavily corroded chrome trim. Its performance is even worse than that of the already weak standard Surfer.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Tornado beater||The beater variant of the Tornado features rusted bodywork, faded paint, heavily corroded chrome trim, slightly detached hood, and under-inflated tires. It does not have as many modifications available for it as the standard Tornado, and often has trouble starting.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Tow Truck||Both variants of the Tow Truck featured in GTA V only appear in beater form.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Rat-Loader||The Rat-Loader can be considered an even more poorly maintained (and slightly older) variant of the already beat-up Duneloader. It features rusty rims, faded paint, worn-out, sagging suspension, rusted, crooked, dented (and even missing) bodywork, and the rotting homemade flatbed is full of random trash. It has a clean variant called the Rat-Truck.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Tractor||Given its rusty appearance and weak engine, it is certain that the Tractor's performance was better at some point in time.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Bodhi||The Bodhi featured in GTA V only appears in beater form, and occasionally has a delayed ignition.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Journey||The Journey in GTA V only appears in a beater form.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Biff||The Biff is a dump truck found in a very poorly maintained state. Unlike in GTA IV, it only appears in a beater condtion.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Mixer||The Mixer is a cement truck that appears either clean or in a beater condition.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Rubble||The Rubble is, like the Biff, a beater Dump truck and can't be found in mint condition.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Tipper||The Tipper can be found both in mint and beater condition.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|BF Injection||The BF Injection, despite being a beater, features desirable performance and modifications, such as reinforced suspension. The vehicle's body, however, is severely rusted and features a heavily-damaged interior, such as a damaged dashboard.||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Scrap Truck||The Scrap Truck is a poorly mantained variant of the absent Yankee. It features worn out panels and a wooden bed full of random trash.||Grand Theft Auto V|