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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
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Important Dates

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Back Office Consolidation for Multi-Location Dealer Groups

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, November 06, 2014

Mix the IRS with Seldom-Enforced DOL Reporting Requirements . . . then Add in Obamacare . . . More Enforcement Concerns for Auto Dealers

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, November 13, 2014

New IRS Tax Policies and Applications Help Defray Image Program Construction Expenses​

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Getting All Auto Group Parts Mgrs of All OEMs on a Common Reporting System . . . It's Not Rocket Science

CATA seminar: Leasing 101 (encore)
Friday, November 21, 2014

A free, half-day seminar to sharpen your lease penetration skills in time for the lease taxation change coming Jan. 1, 2015.​

DealersEdge Webinar
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Internet Ups: Guiding the Prospect from Email to Phone to Showroom

CATA seminar: Leasing 101 (3rd presentation)
Friday, December 19, 2014

A free, half-day presentation to sharpen your lease penetration skills in time for the lease taxation change coming Jan. 1, 2015.

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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_2015-125-100Chicago 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. 2015 will mark the 107th 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 $2.5 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

October 24, 2014
September 2014 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

October 24, 2014
No extra $500 dealer fee in 2015
For an annual Illinois dealer license, the extra $500 for the Dealer Recovery Trust Fund needn't be paid in 2015.

October 24, 2014
Panel considers future of cars
A panel at a presentation of "The Future of the Car" also considered what's ahead for dealerships.

October 24, 2014
Dealers waking to idea that paper processes are wasteful, unproductive
A Northfield dealer saves $100,000 annually by eliminating paper repair orders and related documents in the service department.​

October 24, 2014
Consumers who do more Internet car shopping also visit more dealerships
New-car shoppers who spend 12 hours or more on the Internet visit an average of 3.3 dealers before making a buying decision.​

October 24, 2014
2014's record number of auto recalls mostly for basic issues
The good news: The record-breaking number of recalls in 2014 have mostly been for relatively basic technology.

October 24, 2014
Marketplace, October 2014
Controller/Office Manager candidate

October 10, 2014
BBB/CATA ad review program tightened to lessen violations
Changes include a reduction of time offending dealers have to correct a violation of the regs, and a smaller allowance of violations a dealer can...

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