Well, that's not quite true. On the 4th generation van, the inner tie rod ends are an integral part of the steering rack. I will confess I have not see a piece of steel on the ground; however, the factory manual states so, and this was the way the inner's on my van were fixed.
If you talk nice to the district manager you might get them to pick up a percentage of the cost (assuming your van is out of warranty). Ours was. They picked up the parts, we paid the labor. Close to a 50/50 split.
2008 Mazda Tribute i sport 5-speed
2007 Infiniti G35
2003 Chrysler Town & Country eX
1996 Ford Probe GT
1993 Ford Probe GT - on life support
1992 F-150 XLT
2000 John Deere 4410