As non-OEM replacement parts continue to work their way into the automotive industry, CAPA is doing its part to create and publicize standards that will protect the aftermarket industry as a whole. By partnering with the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), CAPA is conducting a variety of tests on non-OEM bumpers and bumper covers.
What does this mean for the aftermarket parts industry? Or better yet…what does this mean for consumers? Because the economic climate continues to push non-OEM parts to the forefront of the industry, it is imperative that quality checks are solidly in place. Without them, important components such as bumpers could result in disaster. While many companies take great pride in the quality of their parts, one “bad apple” could ruin consumer trust in the industry.
With all of this in mind, we believe that CAPA taking the reins on such an endeavor can only produce GREAT results for aftermarket parts in general. Though some companies may not fare well, and have to adjust their manufacturing process, overall, it ensures that consumers are protected, and only the highest quality non-OEM parts are making it into the industry.