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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

CATA seminar: Captives for garage liability, workers compensation
Thursday, December 13, 2018

The presentation examines member-owned captives as a way to add stability to a dealership's insurance program and to its bottom line.

NADA Show 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019

NADA national convention: Jan. 24-27, 2019. Click to register.

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Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is on 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.

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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. 2019 will mark the 111th 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 more than $2.6 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

November 30, 2018
2018 year-end holiday, pay issues
For dealerships with unionized employees, a summary of the upcoming holiday and holiday pay issues in the collective bargaining agreements with...

November 30, 2018
Vehicle advertised prices still a concern to Better Business Bureau
The BBB, which monitors dealer advertising for compliance with the Illinois motor vehicle advertising regulations, reports continued instances of...

November 30, 2018
2018 year-end checklist for dealers
Tax-planning opportunities for dealers to consider as another years comes to a close.​

November 30, 2018
Regulations Z, M exemption thresholds to increase Jan. 1
The thresholds increase each Jan. 1 based on increases in the Consumer Price Index.​

November 30, 2018
Congratulations! (December 3, 2018)
Dealership employees recognized.

November 20, 2018
October 2018 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

November 16, 2018
Used-car payments hit record $400 a month as prices top $20,000
The average price of a used vehicle hit an all-time high in the third quarter of 2018, according to car-buying advice site Edmunds.

November 16, 2018
Despite strong consumer sentiment, will interest rates weigh down auto sector?
"Two key areas [auto and home] of consumer spending are not looking as strong as we would expect," said Robert Dye, chief economist for Comerica Bank.

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