i didnt really know there was another way to go besides buying them? a friend of the family is a mechanic and owns a shop with his dad, i usually go through him and i get a reasonable discount through advance auto parts. if there is a cheaper way to go about this though please let me know.
my stereo is completely stock except for my head unit. its a sony xplod. (apparently me and matmatician here have the exact same car ;) lol) which reminds me, i put my face plate back on the head unit this morning and went to plug my ipod in, after resetting everything (from disconneting the battery yesterday) my source button wont work on the radio to put the radio in aux mode. idk if its from the battery/alternator issue or just a coincidence.