Recently I heard a great tip about shopping at the junk yard before going and buying new. You might compare the prices of buying through a car shop and going to a junk yard. If you have a mechanic in your family or group of friends, you might be able to coax him or her into helping you. Depending on what it is, the savings could be significant. We have an old work truck, and Hubby has done this for a few of the parts that were needed. On older vehicles, we’ve found that the savings are even more than on newer, easier to find parts.