2017 saw across-the-board increases in the number of high-quality CAPA Certified parts available to the U.S. market. In addition, CAPA has qualified six new manufacturers that have passed CAPA’s intense factory approval program.
“Clearly, these 68 CAPA manufacturers see a significant market advantage in meeting CAPA’s quality standards for true functional equivalency,” said CAPA’s Executive Director Jack Gillis.
Based on distribution of the unique yellow and blue CAPA Quality Seal, manufacturers have increased seal requests by 19 percent over last year. This is 1.6 million more than 2016 for a record total of 9.912 million in 2017. This 19 percent increase significantly exceeded the 12 percent annual average increase CAPA has been experiencing during the past five years.
As of the Dec. 31, 2017, CAPA increased the number of part applications in the program by 14 percent with total part applications approved jumping from 23,721 to 27,053. This is second-highest number of new part applications added to the program (3,332) in CAPA’s 30-year history.
These statistics are a strong indication of the importance of CAPA Certified parts to collision shops seeking to keep vehicles repairable without compromising quality. “While shops and insurers are using (and requesting) more and more CAPA Certified parts to reduce the risks associated with aftermarket parts, the big winners are consumers who are getting more fairly priced, high-quality parts for their vehicles,” said Gillis.
“What is particularly important about these statistics,” said Debbie Klouser, CAPA director of operations, “is that the CAPA program requires that all CAPA Certified lights be tested for full compliance with all FMVSS 108 safety requirements and structural bumper parts go through dynamic testing.”
Since 1990, CAPA has certified, and collision repairers have installed, nearly 92 million parts. 2018 has CAPA closing in on the 100 million mark, which is a tribute to the commitment of those manufacturers that choose to CAPA Certify their parts and those shops and insurers who insist on the CAPA Seal. The CAPA Seal remains the key to protecting consumers from poor quality and potentially unsafe parts. CAPA’s unique, two-part, seal proves to both consumers and insurers that true quality alternative parts were used. “Given the wide range of quality in alternative parts in the market, it is imperative to look for the CAPA Seal,” said Gillis.