Yearly Archives: 2015

Collision Repair Education Foundation – Shirt donation


“I am sending you some pictures of my students wearing the shirts you sent to my graduating students. These students will be graduating next trimester.

They are performing our first aluminum repair with the new aluminum repair equipment my director allowed me to purchase.

I thought you might like the pictures…

Thank you,
Randy Dunn
Collision Repair Instructor
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Morristown “

VIDEO – IIHS Dodge Ram Bumper Test

In 2009, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) helped to demonstrate CAPA’s new CAPA 501 Bumper Standard by crash testing two 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups.  One pickup was fitted with an aftermarket bumper that meets the material, dimensional, strength, and vehicle fit requirements of CAPA’s standard.  The pickup was crashed in a 5 mph full frontal test, plus a 40 mph offset frontal test, and then compared the performance with the same model fitted with a Dodge bumper. Results for both of the pickups were nearly identical. The low-speed damage estimate came to $1,120 for each pickup. Likewise, in the high-speed test both models had similar crashworthiness measures.  “This is what we expected,” says Adrian Lund, the Institute’s president. “It shows that aftermarket parts can be reverse engineered without compromising safety. An aftermarket bumper that meets CAPA’s new standard should perform as well as the original.”


VIDEO – Ford Fusion Bumper Test

While in the process of developing CAPA’s fifth standard the CAPA 501 Bumper Parts Standard, we have performed extensive testing on bumper parts currently in the market. This video depicts crash tests performed on energy absorbers. The first part shown in the video is a car company brand Ford Fusion 2006-09 (front), part number 6E5Z-17C882-AA. The second part shown in the video is a non-certified aftermarket part same application/year. There was no indication of the manufacturer available on the aftermarket part. Both of the parts were made of plastic material, although dissimilar.

The Test Lab that performed the Crash Test was MGA Research Corporation, Wisconsin, USA. Based on this test and several others having been performed the results clearly point to the need for an aftermarket standard and certification program. Additional information regarding the CAPA program, bumper standard and additional testing results will be released shortly.

CAPA Launches New Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Deborah G. Klouser
 Phone:  (202) 737-2212

CAPA Launches New Website

Faster, Easier, and More Informative Than Ever.

Washington, DC – In addition to its heavy schedule of parts testing as the nation’s leading independent testing and certifying authority for automotive replacement parts, CAPA has also been busy behind the scenes updating and upgrading its web presence.

CAPA’s website, capacertified.orghas been completely updated with a totally new look, increased functionality, and more information than ever before.  Collision repair professionals, distributors, insurers, parts manufacturersand consumers can quickly and easily zero in on the information they need to make an informed choice when it comes to collision repair parts. Whether searching for a part, or looking into the science behind CAPA’s comprehensive testing program, provides a fully transparent look at the one part certification program that has made a significant improvement in the quality of aftermarket parts that carry the CAPA Quality Seal.

“We are a unique market resource and a public service,” said Jack Gillis, CAPA’s executive director.  “One of the many things that set us apart is our transparency. We are extremely open and public about our program, standards, procedures and tolerances.  And that’s the way it should be. We hold no secrets and have no hidden agendas.”

“As the new website makes clear, the certification standards used by CAPA are no mystery; they are public and published for all to see. There’s no curtain separating our testing from all of those who rely on our certification to make decisions that relate to quality, safety and cost.”

As the world’s pre-eminent aftermarket part quality testing program, CAPA certification provides proof of quality, safety and performance. “It’s not easy to earn the yellow and blue CAPA quality seal,” said Debbie Klouser, CAPA’s Director of Operations.  “The new is more than informative, it can save shops, distributors, insurers and consumers from serious problems down the road,” said Klouser.

For further information,

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Why CAPA Certified Radiators

For over 25 years, CAPA has set the standard for truly, high quality replacement parts. Recognized worldwide for both the rigor of its fully transparent standards and for the dramatic improvements it has brought about in the quality of parts meeting its requirements, CAPA has now developed a legitimate means for manufacturers to demonstrate the functional equivalency of their radiators to car company brand parts. Here’s what we did and why we did it.

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