My 1996 Jeep Cherokee was stolen and then found a few miles away. The ignition was messed up likely from them using a screwdriver to start it, and the passenger side front door lock destroyed too. The car starts and the engine runs fine. I have insurance that would pay for the repairs, but, after 6 weeks, the auto body shop they sent it to said they can find neither an ignition for this Jeep, nor a lock cylinder. So now the insurance will either 1) give me $$ to buy a new car, and they will take over ownership of the Jeep, or 2) give me a little less $$ for a new car, and I can keep the Jeep as salvage.
Is it really not possible to find parts for a 1996 Jeep Cherokee? (I see 1996 Jeep Cherokee ignitions online for sale.) If I choose option #2, what are the chances of finding someone else who can fix the car (at my
expense)? I will ask my mechanic but only have one day to decide so any advice would be appreciated.