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The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) is a non-profit organization, which oversees an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved testing and inspection program that certifies the quality of parts used for auto body repairs. CAPA’s goal is to promote price and quality competition in the crash parts industry and thereby reduce the cost of crash repairs to consumers without sacrificing quality. CAPA is not a manufacturing, marketing or sales organization. CAPA simply established standards for competitive (non-car company) cosmetic replacement parts in order to ensure their functional equivalency to car company parts. The program provides consumers, collision repairers, part distributors, and insurance adjusters with an objective method of evaluating the functional equivalency of certified parts to similar parts made by the car companies.

CAPA was set up in 1988 as a coalition of consumer advocates, insurance companies, repairers and distributors who wanted to encourage competition in the crash-parts industry in order to assure quality and control consumers’ costs. Until the 1970s, only the car companies made crash parts and costs were higher because of their monopoly. CAPA certifies the metal and plastic cosmetic parts that are most commonly damaged in crashes, such as fenders, hoods, door panels, quarter panels, deck lids, pickup beds and sides, bumper covers, side moldings and grilles.

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