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Where can i buy (online) the blue clips that hold the release rods to my chevy avalanche tailgate handle, dealers don't seem to carry them?

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Try DriveAmerican.com or FastGMParts.com
One of them should carry what you are looking for. The problem you are having at the dealers may be that they can't find the listing or are just being rude to you for a small sale. Sometimes the part mat not be sold alone but their books should show that and what you need to buy to get the part you want. I know it is a pain I've been there myself. Good hunting.

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