Good job, saved you a couple hundred!
Is there anything special about the thermostat?
If it's a standard thermostat then Autozone, O'Reilly etc should be cheaper and much more convenient.
Nothing special. It is a standard thermostat that I remember from a car I had from the 70's. I did go to O'Reilly but the young man had attitude when I told him the problem. And the price was not much different than the dealer and would have taken longer to arrive.