While carrying a bunch of 12' Trex decking in my 04 Ltd AC, the load flexed and managed to bend down the corner (top left when closed) of my tailgate. It's not 'real bad', but definitely an eye sore. Metal seam is popped at the side where it was bent. Taking it to an authorized Toyota body shop, unfortunately their only solution was to purchase a brand new tailgate (~$500), plus new black paint, emblems, labor, and respraying the Line-X, for a grand total of $1250. That must be 20% of the truck's value nowdays.
Anyway, where can I get perhaps a used tailgate, preferably black? Where do you all buy used Tundra parts? It's been (thankfully) 15 years since I've had to go part hunting at a salvage yard.
Are there trustworthy online sources?
I'm in Los Angeles if that helps.