Without looking under the hood or at a vehicle history report, one of the easiest way to tell if a car has had body work done is to check the location and placement of the exterior badges. A crooked, misplaced or missing badge can be a telltale sign that there has been some sort of body or paint work. For this reason, Honda is suggesting that some owners of the 2013 Odyssey take their vans into the dealership for a little rebadging.

The topic was brought to light after Consumer Reports received a notice from Honda saying that the "Odyssey" badge on its test vehicle was incorrectly installed at the factory. The badge is supposed to go on the driver's side of the liftgate (as shown above), but the customer vehicles had it placed on the passenger side of the car. Not a huge deal unless an owner is trying to sell the vehicle and the improperly installed badge leads potential owners into believing the vehicle may have been damaged in some way. Here's what Honda said in its letter:

On some 2013 Odyssey vehicles, the Odyssey emblem was incorrectly installed on the passenger's side of the rear tailgate. The emblem should be installed on the drivers' side of the rear tailgate. American Honda Motor Company highly recommends that you participate in this Product Update. The placement of the emblem may indicate that the vehicle has had repairs performed that are consistent with it being in a crash. This could affect the resale value of the vehicle.


So, if you're the owner of a 2013 Honda Odyssey, perhaps it's time to go take a gander at your tailgate.


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      jason_golden
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sure enough, found one here: http://www.hondaofillinois.net/new-cars/2014-honda-odyssey-5dr-ex-l-v1405430/
      Joey Franklin
      • 1 Year Ago
      One item that a lot of body shops forget to replace is the decals under the hood for the air conditioning information and emissions labels, always check used cars to see if these items are still under the hood!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joey Franklin
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      Rvinyl.com Inc
      • 1 Year Ago
      So will Honda be issuing certificates of authenticity or something to buyers looking to sell?
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worst recall ever.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seeing as how great they are at slapping Acura badges on Hondas, I'm surprised they would have a badge placement error.
      bookemd
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would have ending this by saying: With that information, time you start examining Honda owners rear ends.
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      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those badges wouldn't last 24 hours on my ride. I de-badge all my vehicles. It makes cleaning and paint correction 100 times easier.
        Camaroman101
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4gasem
        especially the stupid dealer added badges/decals
        4gasem
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4gasem
        As stated, I'm not out to impress by de-badging. I really don't care what someone does with their car whether a Camry or Yugo. If THEY like it, then all the power to them. My G8 and RAM look great without the billboards hanging off of them, but it may not be everybody's style. I'm OK with that.
        Bradford
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4gasem
        Yeah, I don't necessarily agree that seeing a missing badge or a badge in a different place automatically means that the car has been wrecked. I usually see that and think it's a person who actually cares enough about their vehicle to make it look better.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bradford
          It's annoying to see that done to vanilla, bland cars -- makes it even harder to figure out what they are. Your Toyota Corolla/Camry doesn't magically become a beautiful Jaguar when you take the badges off (could be confused for a BMW, I suppose, but that's hardly something to strive for these days).
      car czar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Instant collector edition. I can see it now 60 years from now, at an auction a wrongly badge odyssey will sell for 100 dollars more than one correctly badged.
      krusshall
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shave it!
      kwa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, i never knew that! That explains why some car badges look a little...\"off\"
      HO05HA10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lol. My 05 has it on the wrong side as well.
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