WASHINGTON, DC – The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) is increasing its presence at the International Autobody Congress and Exposition in Dallas from December 6-8, 2002. CAPA’s booth space has been increased to 600 square feet this year, up from 200 square feet in 2001. “Not only does CAPA feel it is extremely important to support NACE and the collision repair industry,” said Jack Gillis, executive director of the non-profit association, “but expanding our NACE presence will provide repairers with a better understanding of our quality standards.”

CAPA’s booth #2565 will feature “The Road to Certification,” with stations outlining the steps a part must complete to become CAPA certified. “CAPA’s goal is to increase understanding of the CAPA program among collision repairers. Our experience has been that once repairers understand the depth and strength of CAPA’s quality standards, they have a far greater appreciation for the program and in many cases, join CAPA’s effort to ensure the existence of a quality alternative to car company parts,” said Gillis. One feature of the booth will be an explanation of CAPA’s Vehicle Test Fit (VTF) program, which insures that CAPA-certified parts fit a vehicle as well as, or better than, car company replacement parts. In order for a part to become CAPA-certified, it must be validated through CAPA’s independent, third-party testing facility to determine that it will properly fit on a vehicle. The Vehicle Test Fit program helps insure the quality of every CAPA-certified part and CAPA will only certify those parts that meet the extremely high standards of its VTF in conjunction with all material and dimensional requirements.

“We are featuring our Vehicle Test Fit program to educate the industry on how critical it is to improving overall part quality,” said Gillis. “Only CAPA certified parts are put through such a stringent test to make sure they properly fit on a vehicle, even if the car company service part does not.”

The Certified Automotive Parts Association, founded in 1987, is the nation’s only independent, non-profit, third party crash parts quality certification organization. CAPA certification identifies, for both consumers and the industry, those parts that meet our high quality standards for fit, form, finish, material content and corrosion resistance. For more information see www.CAPAcertified.org.