SpongeBob and Patrick ride the Patty Wagon to Shell City. It is stolen as they cross the county line. However, it is then brought to the Thug Tug, at which SpongeBob and Patrick are able to get it back. They then ride it through the abyss.
After they land on the road following a jump while dodging the fake ice cream vendor, they are separated from the Patty Wagon, which is then eaten by a frogfish and then by a larger fish, destroying it in the process.
The vehicle appears in the driving levels "Sandwich Driving 101," "No Weenie Parking Anytime," "Sundae Driving," and "Drive of the Knucklehead-McSpazitron." Despite having been eaten by the frogfish earlier in the game, Princess Mindy is able to retrieve it for SpongeBob and Patrick prior to the start of the "Drive of the Knucklehead-McSpazitron" level if the former gives her fifty Goofy Goober tokens. If the player causes damage to the Patty Wagon too many times, it will break down by its ingredients dissolving, thus restarting the level.
According to SpongeBob, he does not need a license to drive it.
The ingredients on the Patty Wagon are not connected to each other, as seen when SpongeBob and Patrick bash through the wall of the Krusty Krab 2 and the ingredients/parts fall down to each other.
The Patty Wagon has a manual transmission. SpongeBob is seen making an "S"-like shifting maneuver, seemingly shifting from reverse to first. Also, while SpongeBob is driving away from the Thug Tug, a third pedal can be seen, most likely a clutch. Both these features are exclusive to manuals.
Its name is a pun on "Paddy wagon," an alternate, but outdated, term for a police wagon.
Despite not appearing in the second movie, the Patty Wagon is a usable vehicle in The SpongeBob Movie Game: Sponge on the Run.
Northern Leisure Group made a ride out of the Patty Wagon featuring SpongeBob and Gary. The ride features sing-a-long lyrics in time with the theme song and horn, bubble and dolphin sound-effect buttons.
In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie video game, if the player collects 31 treasure chests, they have the option to enable the Patty Wagon's horn to play "La Cucaracha" whenever it is honked.