Interesting note about the VVIS screws. I'll make sure they check those and the compression as well.
I'm guessing the bumper was not removed for painting. I can't see how the brackets would have been reinstalled out of alignment like that. It's really something that couldn't have been missed if they had actually taken the bumper apart. It will have to be taken off, however, to asses the extent of the damage. I'm sure the brackets holding the upper half of the bumper are bent as well. Otherwise there would be separation between the two halves and the gap between the hood and upper bumper would not be misaligned. I don't have a repair manual so I can't get a very good diagram of the parts that make up the bumper assembly and how they fit together. Do you know of a place to find one for free on the internet? I'd rather not have to buy a manual before I commit to buying the car.
I did pop the hood to see if I could detect any misaligned brackets or beams where the bumper bolts onto the front end, but other than the previously mentioned brackets and panel misalignments, I didn't notice anything else obvious. I guess you would need some sort of laser alignment tools or something to be sure, though. I also don't have Shawn's eyeballing capability. I'll probably take the pictures to a dealership or my friend's body shop before I bring the whole car in for an inspection. I'll let you know how that goes. Thanks for the advice, RedWings.