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{{disambiglink|For other uses, see [[Towtruck (disambiguation)|Towtruck]].}}
 
{{Infobox vehicles
 
{{Infobox vehicles
 
| name = Tow Truck
 
| name = Tow Truck
| front_image = Towtruck-GTASA-front.jpg
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| front_image = TowTruck-Front-GTAV.png
 
| image_size = 300
 
| image_size = 300
| caption = A Tow Truck in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]] (<small>[[:Image:Towtruck-GTASA-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]</small>)
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| rear_image = TowTruck-Rear-GTAV.png
| manufacturer = [[Vapid]] (GTA IV)
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| caption = A '''Tow Truck''' in ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''.
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| manufacturer = [[Vapid]] <small>([[HD Universe]])</small>
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| vehicle_class = Utility
 
| vehicle_type = Public Service/Industrial vehicle
 
| vehicle_type = Public Service/Industrial vehicle
 
| body_style = Tow truck
 
| body_style = Tow truck
| capacity = 2 (driver and passenger)
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| capacity = 2 <small>(driver and passenger)</small>
| appearances = [[Grand Theft Auto 2|GTA 2]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]<br>[[The Lost and Damned]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto V]]
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| appearances = ''[[Grand Theft Auto 2]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]<br>[[The Lost and Damned]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''
| related = [[Large Tow Truck]]
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| related = [[Large Tow Truck]]<br>[[Bobcat]]<br>[[Slamvan]]
}}
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|aka = Towtruck <small>(GTA SA, TLAD and GTA V)</small><br><code>TOWTRUCK2</code> <small>(GTA V; Internal name)</small>}}
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{{Wikipedia|Tow truck}}
   
The [[Vapid]] '''Tow Truck''', or '''Towtruck''', is, as implied, a name for a series of hook-and-chain [[wp:tow truck|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, however these cannot be operated by the player.
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The '''Tow Truck''' (also spelt '''Towtruck''') is, as implied, a name for a series of hook-and-chain [[wp:Tow truck|tow trucks]] featured in ''[[Grand Theft Auto 2]]'', ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]'', ''[[The Lost and Damned]]'' and ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''. It is manufactured by [[Vapid]] in the [[HD Universe]].
   
 
==Design==
 
==Design==
===GTA 2===
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===''Grand Theft Auto 2''===
The Tow Truck debuted in GTA 2 as a towing vehicle based on the chassis of a large truck, 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.
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The Tow Truck debuted in ''[[Grand Theft Auto 2]]'' as a towing vehicle based on the chassis of a [[wp:Chevrolet COE|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.
   
<gallery width="auto" perrow="4" style="font-size:95%; padding:0;" widths="180">
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===''Grand Theft Auto San Andreas''===
TowTruck-GTA2-Larabie.jpg|[[Ray Larabie]]'s early design of GTA 2's "Tow Truck".
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In [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], the tow truck resembles a 3rd generation [[wp:Chevrolet C/K|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.
TowTruck-GTA2.png|A "Tow Truck" in GTA 2.
 
</gallery>
 
   
===GTA San Andreas===
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===''The Lost and Damned''===
In GTA San Andreas, the Tow Truck gains the ability to [[Towing|tow other vehicles]]. This can be very useful for transporting locked cars, or special vehicles in the game. It can also tow other types of vehicles, including helicopters and airplanes. The Tow Truck, somewhat, resembles a [[wp:Ford F-Series#Seventh generation (1980–1986)|seventh generation F-Series Ford Wrecker]]. A fun thing to do with this ability is to spawn as many Tow Trucks the player desires and connect all those trucks, as if it were a train.
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The [[Vapid]] Towtruck in ''[[The Lost and Damned]]'' shares its chassis with the [[Slamvan]], which resembles a Chevrolet C3100 tow truck, but looks like a [[wikipedia:Ford_F-Series|1940-1950 Ford F-100]]. However, the headlights and grille look like they are from a [[wp:Ford E-Series|1975-'79 Ford Econoline]] van, and the windshield and door tops appear to be from a [[wp:Ford F Series|1980's Ford F-Series]]. Like most vehicles in the game, the Towtruck does not feature reversing lights.
   
==HD Era==
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The Towtruck is mostly comparable to the [[Slamvan]] in terms of design, having almost the same front and cab, with some alterations in the headlights, the grille and the front bumper.
===GTA The Lost and Damned===
 
[[File:Towtruck-TLAD-front.jpg|thumb|A Towtruck in TLAD (<small>[[:Image:Towtruck-TLAD-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]</small>).]]The [[Vapid]] Towtruck in GTA IV's The Lost and Damned appears to be the same make as the [[Slamvan]], which resembles a [[wp:Ford F-Series#Second generation (1953–1956)|second generation Ford F-Series tow truck]]. However, the headlights and grille look like they are from a [[wp:Ford E-Series#1975-1991|1975-'79 Ford Econoline]] van, and the windshield and door tops awkwardly appear to be from a [[wp:Ford_F_Series#Seventh_generation_.281980.E2.80.931986.29|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 (car)|Emperor]], [[Sabre]], and [[Vigero]]. As in GTA 2, the Towtruck is incapable of towing anything.
 
   
===GTA V===
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The vehicle can only be found in a [[Beaters|beater]] condition, with rusty bodywork and faded "Native Engines" logos on its doors. Like the "beater" variants of the [[Emperor (car)|Emperor]], [[Sabre]], and [[Vigero]], the Towtruck features a distorted horn. Like ''GTA 2'', the Towtruck cannot be used to tow vehicles.
There are two different Tow Trucks featuring in GTA V. The regular Towtruck looks the same as in [[The Lost and Damned]]. In Trailer 2 it was seen in dark red color and if seen closely, it has a[[File:Towtruck-GTAV-trailer.png|thumb|The regular Towtruck seen in GTA V]] hook scraping the road which means may possibly be able to have the ability to lift/tow vehicles. There is also a [[Large Tow Truck]], possibly for towing large vehicles like trucks, buses or vans.
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===''Grand Theft Auto V''===
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The Tow Truck returns for ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''. The vehicle looks the same as it did in ''TLAD''. It always spawns in its [[Beaters|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 these 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 the player is not in it, meaning they 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 [[Great Ocean Highway|highway]], or in tow. For the first time in the series, the amber lights on the Towtruck's roof can be activated by tapping the horn button.
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The second variant is the [[Large Tow Truck]], which is larger than the regular Towtruck and has a more modern appearance. The Large Tow Truck is significantly less common than the regular Towtruck. It shares its name with the normal Tow Truck.
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===Current Design Gallery===
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{{Vehicle Design Gallery
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| Front_quarter_imagename = TowTruck-Front-GTAV.png
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| Top_view_imagename =
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| Rear_quarter_imagename = TowTruck-Rear-GTAV.png
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| Front_view_imagename =
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| Side_view_imagename =
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| Rear_view_imagename =
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| Engine_bay_imagename = Towtruck.jpg
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| Underside_view_imagename =
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| Inside_view_imagename =
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| Badge_texture_imagename =
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| Damage_view_imagename =
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| Dashboard_view_imagename = Towtruck_GTAVe_Interior.jpg
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}}
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===Version History Gallery===
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{{Vehicle Design History Gallery
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| GTA1_Top_imagename =
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| GTALDN_Top_imagename =
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| GTA2_Top_imagename = TowTruck-GTA2.png
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| GTAIII_Front_imagename =
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| GTAIII_Rear_imagename =
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| GTAVC_Front_imagename =
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| GTAVC_Rear_imagename =
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| GTAADV_Front_imagename =
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| GTASA_Front_imagename = Towtruck-GTASA-front.jpg
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| GTASA_Rear_imagename = Towtruck-GTASA-rear.jpg
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| GTALCS_Front_imagename =
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| GTALCS_Rear_imagename =
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| GTAVCS_Front_imagename =
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| GTAVCS_Rear_imagename =
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| GTAIV_Front_imagename =
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| GTAIV_Rear_imagename =
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| GTAIV_EFLC_Front_imagename = Towtruck-TLAD-front.png
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| GTAIV_EFLC_Rear_imagename = Towtruck-TLAD-rear.png
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| GTACW_Front_imagename =
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}}
   
 
== Performance ==
 
== Performance ==
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 espacially helpfull 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.
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===''Grand Theft Auto 2''===
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{{Stub}}
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===''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas''===
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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 a [[Rhino]], which normally destroys weaker vehicles. This can be especially useful during the [[Los Santos Riots]], as it can take a large number of bullets and survive close up explosions. It has similar handling to the [[Sadler]], but has a stronger engine and higher top speed. Its overall performance is tied that of the [[Yosemite]].
   
===HD Era===
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===''The Lost and Damned''===
The Towtruck in TLAD 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.
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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 also results in the Towtruck suffering from minor sliding after tight turns.
   
==Trivia==
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For a poor performance vehicle, it is powered by a decent V8 engine with four double barrel carburetors, similar to that of the [[Slamvan]].
* The default radio stations for the Tow Truck are:
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**'''''GTA San Andreas''''': [[K-DST]].
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====TLAD Overview====
**'''''The Lost and Damned''''': [[Liberty Rock Radio 97.8]].
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{{GTA IV Vehicle Stats
* Oddly, in GTA San Andreas, the Tow Truck shares the same horn with the [[Super GT]].
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|0-62mph/ 0-100km/h time =
* In GTA San Andreas, if certain 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|fire]] and explode.
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|Top Speed Files =
* In The Lost and Damned, the tow truck has the same horn as the beater [[Vigero]].
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|Top Speed Tested =
* The TLAD version of the tow truck doesn't have reversing lights. This applies for the [[Intruder]], [[Super Diamond]], [[Contender]] and the [[Super Drop Diamond]].
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|Engine = {{H:title|Front engine, rear wheel drive|FR}} {{H:title|Single Overhead Camshaft|SOHC}} V8 w/ 4 Double Barrel Carburetors <small>(In-game model)</small>
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|Drivetrain Files=
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|Drivetrain Tested= RWD
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|Gears Files=
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|Gears Tested= 5
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|Mass (Files only)=
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}}
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===''Grand Theft Auto V''===
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The Tow Truck in GTA V returns bad, if not worse, performing. Its traction has been dramatically reduced, so much so, that the lack of power from its V8 engine causes little-to-no wheel-spin when holding the brake and accelerator, or driving against a wall. This significant power reduction makes its acceleration rate incredibly slow, and its top speed has been majorly effected by this reduction. Handling wise, the vehicle has a short turning radius, meaning it is incapable of turning sharp corners without a risk of oversteer, however, the slow speed usually makes this impossible.
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====GTA V Overview====
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{{GTA V Vehicle Stats
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|0-62mph/ 0-100km/h time defined =
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|Top speed defined = 100 / 161 <small>(handling.dat)</small>
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|Engine defined =
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|Drivetrain defined = RWD <small>(handling.dat)</small>
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|Gears defined = 4 <small>(handling.dat)</small>
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|Mass defined = 5000 / 11023 <small>(handling.dat)</small>
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|0-62mph/ 0-100km/h time observed =
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|Top speed observed =
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|Engine observed = {{H:title|Front engine, rear wheel drive|FR}} {{H:title|Single Overhead Camshaft|SOHC}} V8 w/ 4 Double Barrel Carburetors <small>(In-game model)</small>
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|Drivetrain observed = RWD
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|Gears observed = 4
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}}
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==Modifications==
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===''Grand Theft Auto V''===
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*Despite sharing the same name with the [[Large Tow Truck]] in-game, these mods are unavailable for that vehicle.
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{| class="wikitable"
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!Type
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!Upgrade
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!Cost (Story)
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!Cost ([[Grand Theft Auto Online|Online]])
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|-
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|rowspan="5"|Armor
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|Armor Upgrade 20%
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| style="text-align: center;" |$500
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| style="text-align: center;" |$4,500
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|-
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|Armor Upgrade 40%
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| style="text-align: center;" |$1,250
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| style="text-align: center;" |$7,500
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|-
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|Armor Upgrade 60%
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| style="text-align: center;" |$2,000
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| style="text-align: center;" |$12,000
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|-
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|Armor Upgrade 80%
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| style="text-align: center;" |$3,500
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| style="text-align: center;" |$21,000
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|-
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|Armor Upgrade 100%
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| style="text-align: center;" |$5,000
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| style="text-align: center;" |$30,000
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|-
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|rowspan="3"|Brakes
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|Street Brakes
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| style="text-align: center;" |$2,000
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| style="text-align: center;" |$4,000
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|-
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|Sport Brakes
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| style="text-align: center;" |$2,700
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| style="text-align: center;" |$5,400
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|-
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|Race Brakes
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| style="text-align: center;" |$3,500
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| style="text-align: center;" |$7,000
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|-
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|rowspan="4"|Engine
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|EMS Upgrade, Level 1
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| style="text-align: center;" |$900
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| style="text-align: center;" |$1,800
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|-
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|EMS Upgrade, Level 2
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| style="text-align: center;" |$1,250
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| style="text-align: center;" |$2,500
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|-
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|EMS Upgrade, Level 3
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| style="text-align: center;" |$1,800
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| style="text-align: center;" |$3,600
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|-
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|EMS Upgrade, Level 4
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| style="text-align: center;" |$3,350
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| style="text-align: center;" |$6,700
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|-
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| rowspan="2" |Lights
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|Xenon Lights
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| style="text-align: center;" |$300
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| style="text-align: center;" |$3,000
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|-
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|<div class="mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width:100%">
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<div class="mw-collapsible-content">
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{{Main|Los Santos Customs/Lights}}
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</div>
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</div>
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| style="text-align: center;" | -
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| style="text-align: center;" | -
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|-
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|rowspan="2"|Loss/Theft Prevention
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|Tracker
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| style="text-align: center;" |N/A
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| style="text-align: center;" |$2,000
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|-
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|Full Coverage
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| style="text-align: center;" |N/A
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| style="text-align: center;" |$
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|-
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|Respray
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|<div class="mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width:100%">
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<div class="mw-collapsible-content">
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{{ResprayColorsExpand}}
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</div>
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</div>
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| style="text-align: center;" | -
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| style="text-align: center;" | -
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|-
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|Sell
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|Sell Vehicle
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| style="text-align: center;" |N/A
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| style="text-align: center;" |$
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|-
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|rowspan="4"|Suspension
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|Lowered Suspension
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| style="text-align: center;" |$500
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| style="text-align: center;" |$1,000
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|-
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|Street Suspension
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| style="text-align: center;" |$1,000
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| style="text-align: center;" |$2,000
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|-
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|Sport Suspension
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| style="text-align: center;" |$1,700
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| style="text-align: center;" |$3,400
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|-
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|Competition Suspension
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| style="text-align: center;" |$2,200
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| style="text-align: center;" |$4,400
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|-
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|rowspan="3"|Transmission
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|Street Transmission
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| style="text-align: center;" |$2,950
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| style="text-align: center;" |$5,900
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|-
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|Sports Transmission
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| style="text-align: center;" |$3,250
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| style="text-align: center;" |$6,500
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|-
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|Race Transmission
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| style="text-align: center;" |$4,000
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| style="text-align: center;" |$8,000
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|-
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|Turbo
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|Turbo Tuning
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| style="text-align: center;" |$2,500
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| style="text-align: center;" |$30,000
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|-
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|Wheels
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|<div class="mw-collapsible mw-collapsed" style="width:100%">
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<div class="mw-collapsible-content">
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{{WheelsExpand}}
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</div>
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</div>
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| style="text-align: center;" | -
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| style="text-align: center;" | -
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|-
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|rowspan="3"|Windows
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|Light Smoke
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| style="text-align: center;" |$200
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| style="text-align: center;" |$1,500
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|-
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|Dark Smoke
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| style="text-align: center;" |$450
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| style="text-align: center;" |$3,500
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|-
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|Limo
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| style="text-align: center;" |$700
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| style="text-align: center;" |$5,000
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|}
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==Image Gallery ==
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<gallery position="center">
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TowTruck-GTA2-Larabie.jpg|[[Ray Larabie]]'s early design of GTA 2's "Tow Truck."
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Towtruck-picture-liberty-city-gtav.png|Tow Truck photo. Note that the driver looks significantly similar to that of [[Niko Bellic]].
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Towtruck-GTAV-trailer.png|A pre-release screenshot of the Tow Truck in GTA V.
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ajmvapidtowtruckfrontside.jpg|Tow truck in [[GTA V]].(<small>[[:Image:Vapid Tow Truck rear GTA V.jpg|Rear quarter view]]</small>)
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</gallery>
   
 
==Locations==
 
==Locations==
===GTA 2===
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===''Grand Theft Auto 2''===
* 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.
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*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.
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===''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas''===
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*Inside the [[Angel Pine Junkyard]].
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*Usually seen driving around [[Ocean Docks]] and its vicinity.
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*Usually seen driving around at the [[LVA Freight Depot]], [[Las Venturas (3D Universe)|Las Venturas]].
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===''The Lost and Damned''===
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*Usually driving around [[Bohan]].
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*Spawns all around Alderney, but appears most often in [[Berchem]], [[Normandy]], [[Leftwood]], [[Alderney City]], or [[Westdyke]].
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*Sometimes seen driving around [[Northwood]] or [[North Holland]].
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*Spawns more frequently if the player is driving a [[Slamvan]].
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*It can be seen driving around [[Beechwood City]].
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===''Grand Theft Auto V''===
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*Spawns outside [[Beeker's Garage]] in [[Paleto Bay]]. It can sometimes be found with a unique black and green colour scheme.
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*Can also be spotted on [[highways]]. 
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*Sometimes spawns on the beach down the road from the Sandy Shores Tattoo Parlor next to Marina Drive, though a [[Rat-Loader]] may be found instead. 
   
===GTA San Andreas===
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== Glitches==
* Inside the [[Angel Pine Junkyard]]
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* On the PC, Xbox, and Mobile versions of GTA San Andreas, 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.
* Usually seen driving around [[Ocean Docks]] and its vicinity.
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*In GTA San Andreas, 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 towing 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]].
* Usually seen driving around at the [[LVA Freight Depot]], [[Las Venturas]].
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*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 remain attached to the Towtruck and may damage other vehicles in the garage.
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*The Towtruck could originally be obtained in GTA Online via the use of a glitch, but this has now been patched.
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*Using [[Special Ability|Franklin's special ability]] whilst towing a vehicle will cause it to glitch, resulting the vehicle flinging from the hook when turning sharply. 
   
===GTA The Lost and Damned===
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== Trivia ==
* Usually driving around [[Bohan]].
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*The default radio stations for the Tow Truck are:
* Usually driving around in Northern [[Alderney]] if you ride any of the TLAD bikes, e.g. [[Hexer]].
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** '''''GTA San Andreas''''':[[ K-DST]].
* Spawns all around Alderney. Usually [[Berchem]], [[Normandy]], [[Leftwood]], [[Alderney City]], or [[Westdyke]]
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** '''''The Lost and Damned''''': [[Liberty Rock Radio 97.8]].
* Sometimes seen driving around [[Northwood]] or [[North Holland]]
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** '''''Grand Theft Auto V''''': [[Rebel Radio]].
* Spawns more frequently when driving around in a [[Slamvan]]
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[[File:TowTruck-GTA_SA-Daisychain.jpg|thumb|Three daisy-chained Tow Trucks, with the third towing a [[Hydra]].]]
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*In [[GTA San Andreas]], it is possible to daisy-chain multiple Tow Trucks together and create long, millipede-like trains of connected vehicles. However, these chains become considerably more unstable the longer they become.
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* In GTA San Andreas, the Tow Truck can tow aircraft as heavy as the [[Nevada]].
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*Oddly, in GTA San Andreas, the Tow Truck shares the same horn with the [[Super GT]].
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*The Towtruck 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.
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*Unlike most vehicles, if a Clown horn is installed on the Tow Truck in GTA V and the player activates the horn, it will repeat the horn until the button is released.
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*In GTA V in the custom shops the tow truck does not demonstrate any horns after the clown one.
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*In GTA V, if you tow a car along muddy roads, the Towtruck will become dirty, but the vehicle that is being towed will remain clean.
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*In GTA V player can use a Towtruck to steal parked vehicles without getting a wanted level. Just pick up the desired car, tow it to a quiet place, unhook the car and then enter it and drive it away. It is an ideal way to steal a police car.
   
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The Tow Truck (also spelt 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 and Grand Theft Auto V. It is manufactured by Vapid in the HD Universe.

DesignEdit

Grand Theft Auto 2Edit

The Tow Truck debuted in Grand Theft Auto 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.

Grand Theft Auto San AndreasEdit

In Grand Theft Auto: 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 DamnedEdit

The Vapid Towtruck in The Lost and Damned shares its chassis with 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 appear to be from a 1980's Ford F-Series. Like most vehicles in the game, the Towtruck does not feature reversing lights.

The Towtruck is mostly comparable to the Slamvan in terms of design, having almost the same front and cab, with some alterations in the headlights, the grille and the front bumper.

The vehicle can only be found in a beater condition, with rusty bodywork and faded "Native Engines" logos on its doors. Like the "beater" variants of the Emperor, Sabre, and Vigero, the Towtruck features a distorted horn. Like GTA 2, the Towtruck cannot be used to tow vehicles.

Grand Theft Auto VEdit

The Tow Truck returns for Grand Theft Auto V. The vehicle looks the same as it did in TLAD. 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 these 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 the player is not in it, meaning they 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. For the first time in the series, the amber lights on the Towtruck's roof can be activated by tapping the horn button.

The second variant is the Large Tow Truck, which is larger than the regular Towtruck and has a more modern appearance. The Large Tow Truck is significantly less common than the regular Towtruck. It shares its name with the normal Tow Truck.

Current Design GalleryEdit


Version History GalleryEdit

Performance Edit

Grand Theft Auto 2Edit

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Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasEdit

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 a Rhino, which normally destroys weaker vehicles. This can be especially useful during the Los Santos Riots, as it can take a large number of bullets and survive close up explosions. It has similar handling to the Sadler, but has a stronger engine and higher top speed. Its overall performance is tied that of the Yosemite.

The Lost and DamnedEdit

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 also results in the Towtruck suffering from minor sliding after tight turns.

For a poor performance vehicle, it is powered by a decent V8 engine with four double barrel carburetors, similar to that of the Slamvan.

TLAD OverviewEdit

Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Layout/Type/Decal Detail)
Drivetrain
(AWD / FWD / RWD)
Gears
(Number + Type)
Mass
(Kg / lb)

n/a

Top Speed (Handling.dat)
n/a
Top Speed (Tested)
n/a

FR SOHC V8 w/ 4 Double Barrel Carburetors (In-game model)

Drivetrain (Handling.dat)
n/a
Drivetrain (Tested)
RWD

Gears (Handling.dat)
n/a
Gears (Tested)
5

n/a


Grand Theft Auto VEdit

The Tow Truck in GTA V returns bad, if not worse, performing. Its traction has been dramatically reduced, so much so, that the lack of power from its V8 engine causes little-to-no wheel-spin when holding the brake and accelerator, or driving against a wall. This significant power reduction makes its acceleration rate incredibly slow, and its top speed has been majorly effected by this reduction. Handling wise, the vehicle has a short turning radius, meaning it is incapable of turning sharp corners without a risk of oversteer, however, the slow speed usually makes this impossible.

GTA V OverviewEdit

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Cubic Capacity/Layout/Type)
Drivetrain
(AWD / FWD / RWD)
Gearbox
Number + Type
Mass
(Kg / lb)

Defined/Claimed
(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.) (Claimed Top Speeds)

n/a 100 / 161 (handling.dat)

n/a

RWD (handling.dat)

4 (handling.dat)

5000 / 11023 (handling.dat)

Observed/Tested
(i.e. recorded/tested using in-game data.) (Observed Top Speeds & Acceleration Times)

n/a n/a

FR SOHC V8 w/ 4 Double Barrel Carburetors (In-game model)

RWD

4

Mass cannot be observed.


ModificationsEdit

Grand Theft Auto VEdit

  • Despite sharing the same name with the Large Tow Truck in-game, these mods are unavailable for that vehicle.
Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $500 $4,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $1,250 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 60% $2,000 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $3,500 $21,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $5,000 $30,000
Brakes Street Brakes $2,000 $4,000
Sport Brakes $2,700 $5,400
Race Brakes $3,500 $7,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $900 $1,800
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $1,250 $2,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $1,800 $3,600
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $3,350 $6,700
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $
Respray - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $
Suspension Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Transmission Street Transmission $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

Image Gallery Edit

LocationsEdit

Grand Theft Auto 2Edit

  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasEdit

The Lost and DamnedEdit

Grand Theft Auto VEdit

  • Spawns outside Beeker's Garage in Paleto Bay. It can sometimes be found with a unique black and green colour scheme.
  • Can also be spotted on highways
  • Sometimes spawns on the beach down the road from the Sandy Shores Tattoo Parlor next to Marina Drive, though a Rat-Loader may be found instead. 

 GlitchesEdit

  • On the PC, Xbox, and Mobile versions of GTA San Andreas, 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, 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 towing 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 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 remain attached to the Towtruck and may damage other vehicles in the garage.
  • The Towtruck could originally be obtained in GTA Online via the use of a glitch, but this has now been patched.
  • Using Franklin's special ability whilst towing a vehicle will cause it to glitch, resulting the vehicle flinging from the hook when turning sharply. 

Trivia Edit

TowTruck-GTA SA-Daisychain

Three daisy-chained Tow Trucks, with the third towing a Hydra.

  • In GTA San Andreas, it is possible to daisy-chain multiple Tow Trucks together and create long, millipede-like trains of connected vehicles. However, these chains become considerably more unstable the longer they become.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the Tow Truck can tow aircraft as heavy as the Nevada.
  • Oddly, in GTA San Andreas, the Tow Truck shares the same horn with the Super GT.
  • The Towtruck 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.
  • Unlike most vehicles, if a Clown horn is installed on the Tow Truck in GTA V and the player activates the horn, it will repeat the horn until the button is released.
  • In GTA V in the custom shops the tow truck does not demonstrate any horns after the clown one.
  • In GTA V, if you tow a car along muddy roads, the Towtruck will become dirty, but the vehicle that is being towed will remain clean.
  • In GTA V player can use a Towtruck to steal parked vehicles without getting a wanted level. Just pick up the desired car, tow it to a quiet place, unhook the car and then enter it and drive it away. It is an ideal way to steal a police car.

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