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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

See how the CATA has been helping Chicago's New-Car Dealers since 1904.

Important Dates

Preparing for the New FTC Safeguards Rule and Cyber-Insurance Requirements
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Regulators and insurers are requiring your dealership to enhance its information safeguards practices with administrative, physical, and technical...

USO BBQ for the Troops
Saturday, July 16, 2022

USO BBQ for the Troops Dealer Materials

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Coronavirus Resource Page

Given the constantly changing circumstances regarding COVID-19, CATA has created an information page for CATA member dealers. This resourse page provides direct access to federal government guidance and other materials to help manage new-car and -truck dealerships. We will continue to update these materials as the situation evolves.

Click Here to get the latest COVID-19 information

CATA Allied Member Dealer Support & Programs

Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan new-car dealer associations. Today, it lists 400+ new-car dealers as members.

Mission of the CATA

For more than a century, the CATA has stood for high principles of business. Its basic tenets remain as steadfast today as they were a hundred years ago: Promoting honesty and dependability in business operations; Employing truth and accuracy in dealer advertising; Standing by guarantees; Improving business methods and ethics and keeping competition fair so that dealers and the public are well-served; and Refraining from practices detrimental to the industry or contrary to the public interest. Currently, CATA dealerships employ more than 20,000 people in Chicagoland. Over the past century, these locally based small businesses have provided good paying jobs for their employees, who, in turn, contribute to their communities. The CATA’s commitment to excellence in automotive retailing remains its core value and will remain so through the next century.

CAS_no-year-125-100Chicago Auto Show

First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition in the world. 2022 will mark the 114th edition of the show.
Since 1935, the CATA has had the honor of presenting the Chicago show. Over the years it has grown with the city moving from the Coliseum to the International Amphitheatre to the original McCormick Place and then to the current McCormick Place. Today, the show occupies two exhibition halls with more than 1 million square feet of exhibition space.
The CATA’s generosity and commitment to the community is shown not only at the Chicago Auto Show’s "First Look for Charity" where last year nearly than $3 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

June 24, 2022
In Memoriam - Mike Cook
Mike Cook, 1997-98 CATA Chairman and 1999 Chicago Auto Show Chairman passed away this week.

June 24, 2022
As Expected, Vehicle Sales Remain Sluggish
Information provided in the latest Chicago Auto Outlook, showed new retail light vehicle registrations in the Chicago Area declined 23% during the...

June 24, 2022
Former CATA Chairman Seeks Political Office
Terry D’Arcy, 2005-06 CATA Chairman and dealer principal at D’Arcy Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in Morris, D’Arcy Hyundai and D’Arcy Buick GMC in Joliet,...

June 24, 2022
CATA Hosts BBQ for the Troops Media Kick-Off
On Wednesday, June 22 the CATA hosted a media kick-off designed to drum up media support for the upcoming BBQ for the Troops dealer events. More than...

June 24, 2022
CATA Hosts Annual Meeting and Golf Outing
On a particularly hot and steamy June 14, the CATA hosted its annual meeting and golf outing at Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont, Illinois. Due to the...

June 24, 2022
State Clarifies EV Customer Rebate Program
Though still somewhat murky in execution, the State of Illinois has further clarified it’s $4,000 EV rebate program. Part of the Climate and Equitable...

June 24, 2022
Two New Directors Elected, Incumbents Return in First CATA Board Election Since Pandemic
Jerry Haggerty, Haggerty Chevrolet, Haggerty Ford and Haggerty Buick-GMC, and Emir Abinion, Fox Lake Buick-GMC and Fox Lake VW, were elected to the...

June 10, 2022
Chicago Automobile Trade Association Awards the 2022 Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship to John Hersey High School Student
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) presented the 2022 Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship to John Hersey High School graduating senior...

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