30 Years of Providing a Valuable Public Service to Consumers with What They Need to Identify Quality Replacement Parts


The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) was established in the public interest in 1987, 30 years ago, to set up and oversee a testing program to assure the suitability and quality of automotive replacement parts. Independent, unbiased, non-profit, fully transparent and with no vested interest in the outcome, CAPA has since become the auto industry’s recognized authority on the quality and safety of parts used for collision repairs.

Our comprehensive testing program is a valuable public service that provides consumers, auto body shops, parts distributors and insurance adjusters with the reliable, objective means they need to identify quality replacement parts. Parts that will fit, perform, last and be every bit as safe as the originals. CAPA Certification is even recognized by government regulators as an assurance of quality.

What makes CAPA stand out from the rest is the fact that we have no vested interest in the sale of these parts or in selling of certification services. The public interest is what is at the core of the CAPA program.

The concept of certification is well accepted. The fact is that most industry professionals or the average consumer cannot look at a product and make an informed judgment as to its quality or performance. Over 80 million replacement parts have earned CAPA Certification by meeting or exceeding CAPA’s stringent quality standards, making it the most widely respected certification program ever.

To be sure you have a genuine CAPA Certified replacement part look for the distinctive yellow and blue CAPA Quality Seal that comes on every CAPA Certified part.

Deborah Klouser is the director of operations at the Certified Automotive Parts Association and can be reached at debbie@CAPAcertified.org.