I bought my first car in august, and so far until today, everything has been great, my front drivers blinker light was out, so I went out to NAPA to go buy a new one, and it works fine, but apparently I have been driving around for the past 2 months without a hood latch. and who knows how long before that. the only thing they had in stock, or even carried in the area was the hood release cable. I took some pictures to help.

its where the bungee cord is, that is the part I am missing, (this is on the hood).

here is what it should latch into.

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it only has the little part right there.

the car is a 2000 mercury mountianeer

I'm not sure what part to look for, if you find it, could you please post it in a comment.