Mike: There is no question that if paint correction is done properly, it will virtually always result in a smoother surface and thus, provide a clearer reflection.
I understand that many people are more than happy with the condition of their paint on a new vehicle and for them, perhaps correction isn't necessary. I'm far too obsessive to coat a car without polishing it first though. :-)
Part of the learning process - I didn't realize at first that polishing affected the clarity of the reflection, I though it was for repairing scratches.I can say that my Mustang had TONS of swirls on it from the dealership. Harder to see on the grey (or your silver) - but on the black part on the back it looked like they had taken a Brillo pad to it. This is one of the reasons I had a pro do it: it needed a 1-step paint correction and polish. He got all the swirl out.
Gotta remember that some 17 year old kid with a bucket is out there washing cars at the dealership (or, maybe they have a automatic car wash - shudder).
But I know that yours won’t have spent much time at the dealership - so it should be in better shape.
I'm going to tell the dealer not to wash it when it comes off the truck, just clean the inside if needed and attach the splitter and front fender flares. So it should have ZERO swirls before I get started.
Ready to start right now but... RRRGH!!!!