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Emergency Relief Fund for Baton Rouge Dealership Families

The CATA is donating $10,000 to the Emergency Relief Fund for Baton Rouge Dealership Families. John Hennessy, CATA Chairman, encourages Chicago-area dealers to consider donating to the fund as well. For more information, please click the following link.

Important Dates

2017 Chicago Auto Show
Saturday, February 11, 2017

2017 Chicago Auto Show
Feb. 11-20
McCormick Place, Chicago IL

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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 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

December 02, 2016
Where do auto dealers need to be go to advertise to Millennials?
Millennials spend about 30 hours a month on social-network sites -- 26 hours on Facebook alone.

December 02, 2016
New fuel economy guide available
By law, dealers must provide the guide free upon request.

December 02, 2016
New Form I-9 required by Jan. 22
The form confirms that U.S. employers do not hire people without first verifying their identity and employment authorization.​

December 02, 2016
2016 year-end checklist for dealers
A comprehensive list of dealership accounting matters to consider acting on before the calendar turns to January.

December 02, 2016
In Memoriam: Larry Smolinksi
Was equityowner/partner of Ettleson Cadillac-Buick-GMC and Ettleson Hyundai.

November 18, 2016
FTC approves final changes to Used Car Rule
Dealers can continue to use their remaining stock of the form for one year.

November 18, 2016
Ill. dealers get relief from ST-556 penalty for late filing
The Illinois Revenue Department has moved to absolve its $100 fine for dealers who failed to submit tax returns within 20 days on sales or leases from...

November 18, 2016
GOP, business groups launch campaign to constrain CFPB
In the wake of Donald Trump's presidential victory, Republican lawmakers and business groups are crafting plans to rein in the federal government's...

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