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Latest update by CMBF on Dec 20th 2012
Borderlands 2 has two basic categories of vehicle – the types that the player can use, and the types that are restircted to NPC only use...

Player-Accessible Vehicles

Runner: The original battle wagon of the first Borderlands returns in Borderlands 2, and it has not really changed that much, in fact save for the custom skins that can be acquired through completing quests, it looks exactly like it did in the first game.

The Runner comes in two flavors:

Machine Gun Runner: Used for dealing with man-sized enemies and moderate sized beasts.

Rocket Launcher Runner: Used for targeting structures, groups of enemies, and large monsters.

Bandit Technical: one of the new vehicles in Borderlands 2 that is obtained via the quest-giving NPC Ellie after completing specific quests, the Bandit Technical is a 4-person vehicle that is clearly based off of the standard Technical from Middle East battle zones, which usually consists of a small pickup with a mounted weapon in the back. The Bandit has places for four occupants - the driver, the gunner, and two seats in the back for passengers.

The Bandit comes in two flavors:

Barrel Launcher Bandit: Equipped with a catapult that fires exploding barrels that can be detonated in mid-air, making it useful for crowd control as well as targeted bombardment.

Sawblade Bandit: Equipped with a weapon that fires burning jagged metal discs, the Sawblade Bandit is mostly used as a tactical weapon for specific targeted combat.

Sand Skiff: Obtained via the Captain Scarlett DLC, the Sand Skiff is a sort of hovering desert sailboat, but its use is restricted to the Oasis zone in the DLC. The Sand Skiff is available in three variations:

Harpoon Skiff: The turret fires a single-shot harpoon that will attach to whatever it hits and then detonate after a delay of several seconds.

Rocket Skiff: The turret fires explosive rocket-type ammunition that is useful for both groups and larger mobs.

Sawblade Skiff: Equipped with a turret weapon that fires burning jagged metal discs, the Sawblade is mostly used as a tactical weapon for specific targeted combat.

NPC Only Vehicles

Buzzard: A three-person aircraft that is used by bandits for air attacks, the Buzzard allows its pilot to track targets on the ground and then deliver its two passengers, who drop down on unsuspecting victims from above.

Cara-Van: A cargo van guarded by a pair of outriders, the Cara-Van is used to haul freight for the Hodunk clan. The Cara-Van has a green health bar and therefore can not be attacked by the player. However you can destroy the 2 escort vehicles and the Cara-Van will stop for a short time allowing you to loot the chest on top.
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