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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.

On March 18th, Governor Pritzker announced a metrics-based, vaccination-informed framework for Illinois to advance to Phase 5 of the state’s Restore Illinois Plan, our new normal. Currently, every region of the state is in Phase 4 of the five-phase Restore Illinois mitigation plan, with Phase 5 comprising a post-pandemic normalcy. The newly announced metrics offer Illinois a bridge between the state’s current Phase 4 restrictions and the "new normal" operations of Phase 5. This "Bridge Phase" will serve as a transition period with higher capacity limits and increased business operations, without prematurely embracing a reckless reopening before the majority of Illinoisans have been vaccinated.

•    Offices, 60% capacity
•    Retail and Service Counter, 60% capacity

More information at It’s always good practice to contact your local law enforcement to make sure your plans meet their expectations for public safety.

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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

CATA seminar: A Review of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations
Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Join the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois for a webinar that will review the state’s guidelines which must be adhered to when...

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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. 2021 will mark the 113th 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

April 16, 2021
CATA webinar: "A Review of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations"
The webinar is 9:30-11 a.m. May 4.

April 16, 2021
Bill to increase booked repair times awaits House vote
The legislation must clear the Illinois House by April 23 or it will have stalled for the session.

April 16, 2021
Supporters sought for bill to remove $10,000 trade-in allowance cap
The legislation passed the Illinois Senate on March 10 and awaits further consideration by the House.

April 16, 2021
Q1 auto sales 'extremely strong,' NADA reports
The NADA now estimates new light-vehicle sales to reach 16.3 million units for 2021, up from the original forecast of 15.5 million units.

April 16, 2021
5 area dealerships caught not paying minimum wage to employees
Employees paid on commission basis must earn at least the federal minimum wage per hour of work completed.

April 16, 2021
Monthly auto loan payments surge to record highs: Experian
The average monthly loan payment for a new car is approaching $600.

April 16, 2021
Car owners driving less, but dealership service seen as improving
Completing work right the first time and focusing on customers' needs play an important role in satisfaction.

April 16, 2021
Auto industry 'has to move' on electrification, Nissan CEO says
ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) has become a priority for the industry, Makoto Uchida said April 13.​

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