Often times, I go to salvage yards to find parts for vehicles that I’m repairing. Salvage yards, junk yards, eBay, CraigsList, etc. are good sources to purchase used parts for your vehicle. I have often found brand new, never used parts on and in vehicles at these locations. It is actually a green thing to do and the savings are incredible. So, if you need to save money, consider purchasing used or newish parts from a salvage yard. They even have parts that you can’t find at parts stores.
Self serve salvage yards is also a good place to practice your repair skills. Just yesterday I pulled several sunroof trim pieces, trying to remove them without breaking them. Hard task but I finally got one out (one out of 5).