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I just realised that I might want to do some towing in future but I didn't specify the factory tow bar.

The car hasn't been built yet so does anyone know if it's worth asking if they can change the order?

Or can it be added after?

Or is it worth just getting an after market one fitted later? It just looks like the factory one is cheaper than any of the after market ones fitted.

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When I was ordering my TS, I decided to have a tow bar. They explained to me, that from factory all cars come without towbar, and the towbar is always fited by the dealer. We were only discussing for Corolla, of course. So after I recieved the car, I had to bring it back a week later, and they fited the tow bar.

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Yes, it's a kit. Doesn't have to be integrated at build as the loom will have the necessary connectors by default.

The OE kit is best as this includes a module to make the trailer connections interface nicely with the rest of the car's systems. I haven't tried it on the Corolla yet, but past experience with other brands tells me that having proper integration allows features such as disabling the reversing camera, sounding the alarm if you unplug while the car is locked up and even correcting the displayed speed limits for towing.

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I had the vertical detachable towbar with 13 pins fitted by my local UK Toyota dealer to my 2021 TS a few months after I got the car. It was cheaper then to order from factory as part of spec via configurator. I think it was around £500, check current price on configurator. I was a lot more expensive to order from dealer and have fitted later. I paid over £800 at the dealer. Get a confirmed price from dealer for supply and fit if they are offering to do it and compare with factory order price. 

Perhaps different for each market/country. 

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As stated earlier by a few others, it depends on the market. In the UK, you can order a tow bar as a factory fitted option and at £509 (the last time I looked), this is the cheapest option. In other countries, factory fitted actually means fitted by the dealer prior to handover of the car, but the price is fixed when ordering. And in some countries, you cannot order a tow bar but it has to be bought as a Toyota accessory and fitted by the dealer (or you opt for a third party product of course). I hope this helps. 

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