CAPA certification is the most effective standards-setting, quality assurance program of its kind. It establishes objective, measurable Quality Standards and Specifications for replacement parts for metals, plastics, lights, foam rubber and bumpers.

Each Standard provides detailed testing and inspection procedures to ensure the quality of the parts covered by that Specification. All test procedures utilize nationally recognized tests such as those of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and are publicly available.

Staying a Step Ahead.

Because technology, manufacturing and the science of testing continually advance, so do we. Our Technical Committee, made up of experts in the collision repair, quality control and replacement part industry, continually reviews, updates and refines CAPA Standards as required, to assure the continued high quality of CAPA Certified parts and expand the categories of parts we evaluate.

In response to demand from the market, CAPA now allows the certification of part assemblies that do not have a corresponding car company service (CCS) part number. Manufacturers are given the option to either certify the component parts or demonstrate comparability to the material properties of the CCS part and have them evaluated by the Validator for proper fit to the adjacent parts within the certified assembly.  The component parts included in a certified assembly, as well as their certification status, may be found in the CAPA Database Search feature.

CAPA 101—Standard for Metal Parts

These are auto body parts made of metals that are primed, decoratively painted or plated with metallic coatings. They include:

CAPA 201—Standard for Plastic Parts

These are auto body parts made of plastic that are unprimed, primed, decoratively painted, plated with metallic coatings. They include:

The CAPA 201 Standard includes requirements for:

  • Adhesive Integrity
  • Appearance
  • Proper Assembly
  • Coating Performance
  • Proper Size and Dimensions
  • Fasteners
  • Hardware
  • Materials Testing (composition, mechanical properties)
  • Proper Production
  • Quality Control Procedures
  • New Part Approval Vehicle Test Fit (VTF)

CAPA 202—Standard for Nonwoven Fabric Parts

These are auto body parts made of nonwoven fabric. They include:

The CAPA 202 Standard includes requirements for:

  • Appearance
  • Proper Size and Dimensions
  • Construction
  • Thickness
  • Materials Testing (composition, physical properties, mechanical properties)
  • Chemical Resistance
  • Moisture Absorption
  • Flammability
  • Thermal Properties
  • Acoustic Performance
  • Quality Control Procedures
  • New Part Approval Vehicle Test Fit (VTF)

CAPA 301—Standard for Lighting

These are automotive lighting parts. They include:

The CAPA 301 Standard includes requirements for:

  • FMVSS 108 Compliance, Initial and Ongoing
  • Verification of Size, Dimension and Effective Projected Luminous Lens Area
  • Electrical and Power Readings
  • Proper Level of Illumination, Photometry and Color
  • Projected Life and Durability
  • Gaskets, Adhesives, Sealants and Auxiliary Equipment Aiming Devices
  • Metallurgical/Material Testing (composition, mechanical properties)
  • Appearance
  • Production
  • Quality Control Procedures
  • New Part Approval Vehicle Test Fit (VTF)

CAPA 501—Standard for Bumper Parts

These are automotive Bumpers (front and rear), bumper reinforcements (rebars), bumper brackets and energy absorbers.

The CAPA 501 Standard includes requirements for:

  • Material Composition
  • Mechanical Properties (strength)
  • Verification of Size and Dimensions
  • Appearance
  • Correct Positioning and Strength of Welds
  • Proper Fasteners
  • Primer
  • Decorative Coatings
  • Hitches
  • Proper Density, Compression and Resistance to Chemicals
  • Crash Testing
  • New Part Approval Vehicle Test Fit (VTF)

CAPA 601—Standard for Radiator Parts

Metal parts that may typically be equipped with plastic tanks fastened to the radiator core.

CAPA 602—Standard for AC Condensers

Heat exchangers, constructed of metal, typically mounted in front of the radiator.

CAPA 701 – Standard for Mirrors

Passenger and driver side mirror assemblies, mirror glass, mirror housings and covers.

The CAPA 701 Standard includes requirements for:

  • FMVSS 111 Compliance, Initial and Ongoing
  • Performance
  • Material Testing
  • Appearance
  • Construction and Retaining Features
  • New Part Approval Vehicle Test Fit (VTF)
Additional part types are added as appropriate.