CAPA Approves First Headlamp Tab Repair Kits for Its Verification Program

Kentwood, Mich. – The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent non-profit standard-setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, has approved the first headlamp tab repair kits for its verification program. The kits, produced by Creative Repair Solutions (CRS) and distributed by Original One Parts through their Aftermarket Plus product line, were verified following a testing process which included material testing, vibration testing, and vehicle test fit.

CAPA announced its new program for verification of headlamp tab repair kits in September 2019. CAPA Verification differs from its Certification Program in that there is not a car company service part available for comparison to the aftermarket part. In addition, parts that have been CAPA Verified have been proven to meet Verification Program requirements.

The headlamp tab repair kits offer a sustainable solution to the industry by reducing the amount of discarded parts. In addition, these kits help to minimize repair costs, potentially helping to prevent total loss claims.

Parts achieving CAPA verification will bear this mark on the packaging and/or the part itself:

CRS has achieved verification on 14 part numbers which can be used on 11 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 6 GMC Sierra vehicle applications.

With the initial verifications complete, testing and verification of additional vehicle applications is expected to increase, with more headlamp tab repair kits being introduced to the market.

Manufacturers wishing for more information about verification programs can contact Jillian Rahal at 616-656-7401 or Information can also be found at the CAPA website,

CAPA Announces New Standard for Automotive Sensors

Kentwood, Mich. – The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent
non-profit standard-setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, announces their
new CAPA Standard 703 for automotive sensors. The standard is applicable to ultrasonic park distance
control (PDC) sensors but may be expanded to include other types of sensors in the future. It contains
requirements for function, performance, durability, ingress protection, electrical, mechanical, climate,
electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), fit, dimensionality, appearance, and materials.

With the growing trend of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), more automobiles are
incorporating sensors to assist with parking and low speed maneuvering. It is estimated that rear parking
sensors will be present in nearly 40 percent of registered vehicles in 2021, growing to 95 percent over
two decades.1 Following feedback from the collision repair industry, CAPA created Standard 703, which
includes demonstrated compliance to applicable sections of ISO 17386 and ISO 22840 (where applicable)
for function and performance, as well as ADAS-related requirements not addressed by ISO standards. All
CAPA certified sensors undergo extensive testing to demonstrate comparability to OEM service parts.

“CAPA’s goal is to provide the auto repair industry with a reliable, trusted means for identifying
replacement parts comparable to parts from the original equipment manufacturer,” said Clark Plucinski,
Chairman at CAPA. “As parking sensors become more prevalent in automobiles, the collision repair
industry, insurers and consumers require peace of mind in having access to quality, safe, and affordable
replacement sensors. We are thrilled to offer our new standard to fit this need.”

Manufacturers wishing for more information about the standard, or to have their products certified by
CAPA, can contact Jillian Rahal at 616-656-7401 or Information can also be
found at the CAPA website,

1. Highway Loss Data Institute Bulletin. Volume 34, Number 28. September 2017.
09f25e81d43d/q78xLA/HLDI%20Research/Bulletins/hldi_bulletin_34.28.pdf. Accessed 4/28/2020

Insurers and Collision Repairers Elected to CAPA’s Board of Directors

profit standard-setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, announces the election of six new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board are: Dave Prejna, Allstate Insurance; Rob Howard, Farmers Insurance; Jim Gadberry, Nationwide Insurance; Anne Warner, USAA Insurance; Bill Lawrence, 1st Certified Collision Centers; and Tim Adelmann, Driven Brands. The Board is comprised of members representing a cross-section of the aftermarket automotive industry, including distributors, insurers, collision repairers and quality experts.

“CAPA is privileged to welcome the new members to its Board,” said Clark Plucinski, Chairman, CAPA Board of Directors.. “Their knowledge and leadership are invaluable in our continued efforts to ensure the market has access to high quality alternative parts. Our Board provides CAPA with a unique awareness into issues facing the aftermarket parts industry and has contributed immensely to the nation’s foremost part certification program.”

Serving on CAPA’s Board of Directors are:
• Clark Plucinski – The Boyd Group (Chairman)
• Justin Jude – LKQ Corporation
• Chris Northup – Professional Parts, Inc.
• Dave Prejna – Allstate Insurance
• Rob Howard – Farmers Insurance
• Seth Ingall – GEICO
• Anurag Bairathi – Liberty Mutual Insurance
• Jim Gadberry – Nationwide Insurance
• Jeff Shay – State Farm Mutual Insurance
• Anne Warner – USAA Insurance
• Bill Lawrence – 1st Certified Collision Centers
• Tim Adelmann – Driven Brands
• Jack Gillis – Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
• Andrew Gleason – Intertek

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CAPA Debuts Mobile App for Faster Reporting to Its Quality Complaint Program

Kentwood, MI – The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent non-profit standard setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, announces a new, free mobile app for the CAPA Quality Complaint Program. The CAPA Certified Parts app, available for both Apple and Android platforms, allows users to quickly and easily file quality complaints with more accuracy.

Industry demand for an efficient, expedited method of filing complaints related to CAPA certified parts led CAPA to develop an app to submit complaint reports for review. Users can scan CAPA seal barcodes, upload photos from their phones, and save their information into a profile in order to reduce time for filing reports and providing feedback. When CAPA receives a complaint, its team will investigate the issue and report any findings to the part manufacturer.

“At CAPA, our goal has always been to ensure access to high-quality, fairly priced, alternative parts that provide the same functionality as an OEM part,” said Clark Plucinski, CAPA Board Chair. “By developing an app that allows the public to report concerns and provide feedback, we are helping to ensure the quality of CAPA-certified parts in a manner that is fast, easy and accessible.”

Users can download the app at the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store at no cost. For more information, contact Jillian Rahal at 616-656-7401 or

Muskegon Area Career Tech Center – Part Donation



“I took a before and after photo.  The kids had fun doing this, and we tried; it is pretty close.

This is the first project the kids worked on.  My theory is: “If you can repair a fender, you can repair the entire car!”  We talk about the multiple panels the car is made up of, and so to a certain extent, this is true.  

I put 4-5 dents, make an artificial rust spot for them to repair, and then they go to work.  After the repairs have been made, they prime it, block sand it, prime it again, and then wet sand the fender in preparation for paint. (We also cover dry sanding in preparation for paint.) I know the pictures do not do them justice, but most of the fenders would be right at home on any car driving around town.  This is a shortened version of what is covered, but they get all the instruction necessary to actually repair an entire car.

Again, thank you so much for your generous donation.  My budget has been cut by $6,000.00 next year, and every year it is a challenge to teach what is needed to go out into the industry, with the necessary skills to be successful.  I, and the kids appreciate it very much.” 

Bill Stone
Auto Collision Repair Instructor
Muskegon Area Career Tech Center – Muskegon, MI

September 2018

Bartnik Judges Plastic Repair Competition for SkillsUSA Championships

During the 54th Annual National Leadership and Skill Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky, CAPA Aftermarket Industry Relations Manager Stacy Bartnik served as a judge for the SkillsUSA Championships plastic repair competition. Bartnik drew on more than 20 years of experience in the collision repair industry, including expertise on fit and finish to evaluate contestants’ performance.


During the SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 career and technical education students –– all state contest winners ––compete in 102 hands-on skill and leadership competitions. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.


During the plastics repair competition, contestants illustrate their expertise by completing three different repairs on a bumper facia; tab repair, and two tears using flexible filler and plastic welding. They were then evaluated based on prep of repair area, products used, quality of sanding and featheredge, weld quality, finished repair quality.  The contestants had 90 minutes to compete this segment.


As the global leader in aftermarket part certification for more than 30 years, CAPA is dedicated to ensuring that the industry, and consumers, have the means to identify high-quality aftermarket repairs and parts, which includes design, materials, construction and comparability to car company brand parts.


Bartnik commented: “I was thrilled to represent CAPA at the SkillsUSA Championships, drawing upon our dedication to working with the industry, including the skilled workforce represented by SkillsUSA, to ensure high-quality repairs are done using the right part for the job. We are also committed to working with customers, industry experts and internal colleagues to ensure the needs of the industry and consumers are being met. Our partnerships with SkillsUSA and their Annual National Leadership and Skill Conference is just one of the ways we can ensure these needs are being met.”


Gold medal winners for this competition were Caleb Eyler from Warren County Career Center, Warren, PA (High School), and Johnathan Wolfe from Wiregrass Georgia Tech College, Valdosta, GA (College).  For more information on the SkillsUSA Championships, please visit