A little differences is acceptable by the standard of operations manual for all makes, except maybe Rolls Royce.
I used to work with Honda and based on their standard, a slight variation is ok but then again we do get customers who are very particular about the cosmetic conditions and we have to try our best to get it resolved.
If the differences in gaps are too obviuos, you can always ask the dealership to have it resolved but it they are only very minute differences, then you are definitely going to be a royal pain to the dealership. From experiences, it is only the owner alone who cares about such gaps, nobody else are going to bother that you have a vehile that has a fender or bumper gap that is slightly more on one side.
Some parts are clipped and some are bolted on and at each point of being bolted on, there are a little allowances and these allowances can mean a difference to the gappings therefore slight adjustments are possible. Bumpers are made of flexible materials and most do not have complete support under them so they can go out of shape during transportaton and storage which upon installation, they might vary slightly.
If you are not happy with the condition of the vehicle, talk to the dealer. They should be willing and able to help you and provide you with and answer but please remember that mass produced cars don't come 100 % for all owners.
Friday, January 6th, 2012 AT 9:33 PM