So, I've been driving by the body shop since it's only about 2 miles form my house. I get text updates with a Carwise link saying it will be ready on Friday. Today I drive by and see the PP sitting outside. I'm like damn can't they at least put it behind the fence and why aren't they telling me it's ready? It's parked between a CX-9 and a Mini Cooper.
So when out at dinner time I drive by before they close and I see them pull it into the garage, sweet. Then my daughter calls so I stay in my parking spot at a mall across the street and while I'm chatting they take it out and drive pretty fast down the street. White smoke coming from the tailpipes (single digits here today) Now I'm pissed. I did sign my life away when I dropped the car off and they have the right to drive it but this is BS taking the PP out after closing time. I assumed someone took it home but I wait and they come back about 15 minutes later and pull it into the garage. One thing for sure, the replacement headlight does not match the light output of the good one. According to the estimate it's a TYC manufactured headlight but clearly when looking at it head on they weren't even. I'm sure this is going to drive me nuts so it's either pay out of pocket for a Honda headlight or cut my losses and trade the PP in for something else. Or I'll give it to my daughter and sell her CRV for a stripped pickup. I've already had a Ridgeline and it wasn't the right size. Bed a little short and rear passenger room not ideal. I'd take a bigger bed and give up rear passenger room.
Funny thing too is when looking at the estimate there are only about 5 parts that needed to be ordered. They were Honda part numbers except for the headlight and bumper cover. There is labor to repair the fender where the tip is bent up. The rest were remove and reinstall. All minor in the scheme of things but the disrespect. I probably have dashcam footage from my RAV and I also have a dash cam in the PP. It will be interesting to play it back and see where they went. This is a time when maybe it would be a good idea to have one of those Apple air tags, ha ha.