learned an important lesson today.
heres the backstory. most of it you know.
last month i traded in my 04 SE for my 02 SSEi. well, the trunk applique was pretty bad on the 02, so i made them agree to trade me taillights plus applique from the cars. mine were tinted and cleared anyway, so it meant less work for me. they said to come back for it bc i had to leave asap.
went back the next week, and they had a guy do swap the tails. i had to basically make him do the applique because he tried to tell me he was only supposed to do the taillights. that didnt include the applique. my thought was "yeah. give me the tinted taillights and the stock applique. thatll match just fine" so he swapped the applique.
went to address the trunk leak that i have today . . .
the dude apparently had NFC what he was doing. the applique top is sticking out, which means he bent the metal and didnt bend it back. but he did try to fix it. by using double-sided tape and hella silicone or something similar.
so now i get to clean that mess up too. and its too cold outside for me to do this today. but i was just looking at whati needed to do - theres silicone all over the place on the inside of the trunk lid for me to clean up too.
one more - he broke my trunk release on the trunk lid.
im assuming it was all him because thats convenient. lesson learned: never let anyone touch my car, regardless of how much it seems like they should know what theyre doing.