I have a 2004 Prius with 166,000 miles that, till yesterday, ran just fine. Now, however, it has a bad inverter converter, and the Toyota dealership mechanic said it's going to cost $4,200 to replace.
Can I safely buy a used inverter converter from eBay and insist that the dealer's service department use it, even though they'll probably say it's a bad idea? I see used ones on eBay for a couple hundred bucks or less, which sounds a heck of a lot better than $4,200.
Are there any considerations I need to keep in mind when selecting a specific used inverter converter? (I see about ten on eBay that should fit a 2004 Prius.)
If the used part is a bad idea, then is it completely crazy to spend $4,200 on an 8-year-old car??
Thanks to all who can help guide me!