I get most of my service at the Toyota dealership. Last time they looked at it was right before I moved states to get an oil change and make sure everything was ok for my drive. That was in December. Today I went to get my car inspected per state regulations, and they told me I needed new front tie rods and alignment. They said they were totally worn out and failed my 2010 Prius until it is fixed. The lowest estimate they would give me was about $800, saying they needed to replace the entire rack and pinion since tie rods are not sold as parts for Priuses. So my questions are these: 1- How could the Toyota dealership never have brought this to my attention? This kind of damage isn’t done in 2 months. 2-Has anyone replaced just the tie rods? I can find the parts, but I am not versed in any auto mechanics. 3- Do you think the dealership would have any suggestions for me? The internet quotes I am getting are the exact opposite of the pricing I was estimated (they gave me low parts cost, high labor; internet says the part should be more expensive and labor lower). I am very aggravated being surprised by this. My vehicle had no steering problems and is perfectly aligned currently.