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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

CATA seminar: Discrimination, Retaliation and the EEOC
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

At a free presentation, learn how to avoid issues with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, August 06, 2015

How to Get a Larger Share of the Soaring Certified Per-Owned Market

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Aging Parts Inventory - Valued Assets or Worthless Artifacts

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Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is the oldest and largest metropolitan new-car dealer association in the nation. 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. 2016 will mark the 108th edition of the show.
Since 1935, the CATA has had the honor of presenting the the Chicago show. Over the years it has grown with the city moving from the Colisium to the International Amphitheatre to the original McCormick Place and then to the current McCormick Place. Today, the show occupies two exibition halls with more than 1 million square feet of exibition 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

July 21, 2015
June 2015 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

July 17, 2015
NADA seeks CFPB internal memo
Actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which are intended to regulate auto dealer business practices are prohibited by the Dodd-Frank...

July 17, 2015
Gramm-Leach-Bliley change would let dealers send privacy notices online
Under a rules amendment, dealers who finance car purchases or provide car leases would be allowed to provide online updates to consumers about their...

July 17, 2015
Salary floor for overtime exemption could more than double to $970/week
The threshold to determine if certain workplace managers are exempt from overtime would more than double to $970 a week, or $50,440 a year, under a...

July 17, 2015
More millennials than others buying CPO
The generation aged 18 to 34 years old might be quite interested in the certified pre-owned inventories on dealer lots.

July 17, 2015
U.S. drivers not much concerned with self-driving cars, study confirms
The most frequent preference for vehicle automation was for no self-driving capability, followed by partially self-driving vehicles, with completely...

July 17, 2015
Lighting efficiency and incentives update
Connexion, a CATA Member Partner, can help dealers considering lighting upgrades this year with an assessment and the ComEd paperwork before the funds...

July 17, 2015
Sedgwick deflects Q2 2015 jobless claims
The company's efforts saved 132 CATA dealer members a combined $772,052 in benefits by contesting unemployment claims.

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