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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.

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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.

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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

July 09, 2021
Cook use tax now to be filed online only
Cook County's use tax amounts to 1% of the transactional amount of goods purchased at retail and titled or registered at address within the county.

July 09, 2021
Ill. secretary of state lifts freeze on paperwork submitted 18-plus days after car sales
The office on July 8 lifted its weeklong hold on paperwork submitted more than 18 days a vehicle’s sale.

July 09, 2021
BBQs coming Sept. 18
In nine years, CATA dealerships have raised more than $950,000 for the USO of Illinois.​

July 09, 2021
Traditional dealer franchise model trumps direct-to-consumer approach
There are some notable advantages for manufacturers to sell directly to consumers, but there are even bigger drawbacks.

July 09, 2021
Rumors of demise of cars greatly exaggerated
Just a few years ago, obituaries were being written for vehicles.

June 25, 2021
Chip shortage, limited supply has car shoppers traveling distances
With the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage, many consumers are traveling far and wide to get the car they desire.

June 25, 2021
Chicago Auto Show's tracks, rides a'plenty get show-goers into vehicles
The 2021 show includes two indoor tracks, to more outdoors, and outdoor ride-and-drives by nine and maybe 10 brands.

June 25, 2021
Dealers increasingly threatened by both low-tech, high-tech crime
Dealers understandably may be "too" welcoming to their lots because, after all, they're trying to sell cars.

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