Replacement Tailgate

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    Default Replacement Tailgate

    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.

    Thanks!!

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    Default Re: Replacement Tailgate

    I bought a used tailgate off of ebay a couple of months ago. They are a rear bird to find.

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    Default Re: Replacement Tailgate

    I got a price of 371 at my home dealer. List is close to 500 but many dealers will discount. You would need to look up the part on the internet for your local dealers. If they don't list the tail gait but have an internet part sales department, call them. Most internet dealers I use give about 30% off list. The 371 price was not even an internet parts department.
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    Default Re: Replacement Tailgate

    Quote Originally Posted by El_Capitan View Post
    ...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...
    Whoa. Let's say you get lucky and find a good junkyard tailgate for $250. You still gotta pay someone to get the dings out if it, then pay for paint, emblems, and Line-X. Have you saved anything?

    Check with local, privately owned body shops that have been in business for a long time. They might be able to straighten the existing tailgate and do the balance of the work for a lot less money.

    Also, if the damage is confined to the top rail, you might want to just cap it with a piece of diamond plate.
    Any fool can fix it right with lots of money.
    The cool thing to do is fix it right with the least amount of money.

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    Default Re: Replacement Tailgate

    look on craigslist.... there is one here in Tampa (just for example I know it isn't close) for $200 with all hardware, emblems, etc.... paint for another $100 and you are $300 out the door unless you can bargain them down.

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    Default Re: Replacement Tailgate

    Try Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market. You can search junk yards across the country for whatever you want.
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    Default Re: Replacement Tailgate

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandinmytires View Post
    Whoa. Let's say you get lucky and find a good junkyard tailgate for $250. You still gotta pay someone to get the dings out if it, then pay for paint, emblems, and Line-X. Have you saved anything?

    Check with local, privately owned body shops that have been in business for a long time. They might be able to straighten the existing tailgate and do the balance of the work for a lot less money.
    I agree. I don't usually buy from the junkyard because of the additional costs for completing the job.

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