It all started with one man’s passion for cars.
Paul Opiela was a chemist living in New Jersey during the 1960s when he became drawn to the design, engineering and personality of Italian cars. In 1969 this passion led to Paul’s first car restoration project – an experience that left him wanting to provide a better way for fellow enthusiasts to easily access the best restoration parts available. He soon began running ads in car magazines and selling mail-order auto parts from his kitchen, and his first mail-order catalog, International Auto Parts, was born.
As Paul’s reputation for honesty and great customer service grew, so did the demand for his quality products. Within just a few years Paul had enough orders to become a full-time catalog merchant. In 1975 he moved IAP into its first office space in Mt. Arlington, New Jersey, and three years later moved his family and his business to Charlottesville, Virginia, where they remain today.
After over 30 years of established success in the Italian-car market, Paul wanted to improve the driving experience for drivers of all makes and models. In 2003 we launched IAP’s sister company, Driving Comfort, with products designed to make time on the road safer and more comfortable for everyone.
Driving Comfort stands on four decades of outstanding customer service. We take pride in the products we offer and work hard so that our customers are satisfied with every aspect of the shopping experience, from checkout to delivery. Our Customer Service team knows our product line inside and out and is available to answer all of your questions via phone or email. Every item comes with a 120-day guarantee, so if for any reason you’re not completely satisfied with your purchase, just send it back—no questions asked.
Many things have changed since Paul first started taking orders in 1971, but the defining qualities of the business have remained the same: quality, honesty, integrity and superior customer service. These are the principles that have made Driving Comfort what it is today, and these are the principles we proudly carry with us into the future.