The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) incorporated its Vehicle Test Fit (VTF) program in 1999, and since then CAPA has performed more than 10,000 VTFs to ensure that the gap, flush, and fit of CAPA parts rival those of OE parts. Since then, there has been a dramatic increase in the quality of the aftermarket parts submitted for testing under CAPA rigorous certification standards.
CAPA says its program was so successful that after it was initiated, the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) performed blind test fits to compare CAPA Certified parts to OE service parts. CIC participants selected the CAPA Certified part five out of eight times.
“While today CAPA’s unique VTF process has become the industry-accepted standard for test fitting aftermarket parts, it was entirely innovative when we introduced it,” said Debbie Klouser, CAPA director of operations. “Considering all of CAPA’s extensive certification requirements, the VTF has played the single most-critical role in today’s acceptance of CAPA Certified parts as the best way to contain repair costs without compromising quality.”