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The Towtruck (formerly named "Tow Truck") is, as implied, a hook-and-chain tow truck 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.


Grand Theft Auto 2

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.

Despite the appearances, the vehicle 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 Andreas

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the towtruck resembles a third generation Chevy C/K. It bears similarities with the Bobcat, only with a slightly larger grille and slightly bulkier design. A set of unusable yellow lights can be seen behind the cab.

The Towtruck is easily characterized by the black rear arm on the back, complete with a fully functional towing hook that can be connected to almost every land vehicle in the game (an ability shared with the Tractor). 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 The Lost and Damned is depicted with an older look, resembling 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.

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, shared with the beater Vigero. Like GTA 2, the Towtruck cannot be used to tow vehicles.

Like most vehicles in the game, the Towtruck does not feature reversing lights, as well as unusable beacon lights. The rear hook arm is also unusable, as the towing mechanic was not implemented into the game.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Tow Truck returns for Grand Theft Auto V with the same design as in TLAD, this time with rusty paintjob and slightly dilapidated bodywork, along with license plates for both ends. Most of the markings from the previous model are absent, but makes up for a better variety of colors for the upper and lower sides (which can be changed at Los Santos Customs like any other vehicle). For the first time in the series, the amber lights on the Towtruck's roof can be activated by tapping the horn button.

Because of the re-implementation of the towing mechanics, the vehicle 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.

The Tow Truck is one of two fully-operable towtrucks, both sharing the same name. The vehicle is fitted with a CB radio, and occasional trucker chatter can be heard regardless of whether the main radio is turned on or off. The chatter will only play if playing as Trevor and in Blaine County.

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Version History Gallery


Grand Theft Auto 2

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Despite being a tow truck, the Tow Truck 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 with that of the Yosemite.

GTA San Andreas Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 99 / 160 5 Diesel RWD 3500 / 7716
N/A N/A 5 N/A RWD Cannot be observed

The Lost and Damned

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 rusty vehicle like the Towtruck, it is powered by a decent single cam V8 engine with four double barrel carburetors, similar to that of the Slamvan. Said engine is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, rear wheel drive layout. The engine sound is also unique, being a muscle-like sound like the Slamvan, but with a much lower pitch.

TLAD Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 78 / 125 5 N/A RWD 2500 / 5512
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A 5 FR SOHC V8 w/ 4 Double Barrel Carburetors (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

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 affected 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 Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 62 / 100 4 N/A RWD 5000 / 11023 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 78 / 126 4 FR SOHC V8 w/ 4 Double Barrel Carburetors (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto V

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online)
Armor No Armor $100 $200
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 Stock Brakes $100 $200
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
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns - -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $100 $200
Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights - -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $
Plates Blue on White 1 $50 $200
Blue on White 2 $50 $200
Blue on White 3 $50 $200
Yellow on Blue $75 $300
Yellow on Black $150 $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $
Suspension Stock Suspension $100 $200
Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Transmission Stock Transmission $100 $200
Street Transmission $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo None $500 $1,000
Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels - -
Windows None $100 $500
Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

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Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


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.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Lost and Damned

Grand Theft Auto V


  • 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 to perform sharp turning whilst towing a vehicle will cause the tow to glitch, resulting the vehicle flinging erratically. 



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

  • It is possible to daisy-chain multiple Tow Trucks together and create long, millipede-like trains of connected vehicles. However, these connections become considerably more unstable the longer the chain stretches.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Tow Truck can tow aircraft as heavy as the Nevada.
  • Oddly, the Tow Truck shares the same horn with the Super GT.

Episodes from Liberty City

  • The hood of the Tow Truck will not break off, even when destroyed. This also applies to its van counterpart, the Slamvan.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Unlike for most vehicles, if the Clown horn is installed, the horn will repeat itself until the button is released.
    • Also, when driving the Towtruck to Los Santos Customs, the Clown horn is the only horn available for a preview.

Grand Theft Auto Online

See also


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