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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

NADA Show 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019

NADA national convention: Jan. 24-27, 2019. Click to register.

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Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is on 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.

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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. 2019 will mark the 111th 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.
 
 
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Latest News

October 05, 2018
CATA names trio of preferred check, credit card processors for dealers
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October 05, 2018
Dealer to Senate committee: Cars are not a national security threat
"It is very difficult to understand how a tariff on imported vehicles and parts would improve national security," said Steve Gates, a third-generation...

October 05, 2018
Alphabet soup: New USMCA to replace NAFTA
The pending trade agreement among the United States, Mexico and Canada would require a greater portion of vehicles to be made in North America.

October 05, 2018
Barbecue contest winners host 'ultimate' block party
The party came as the culmination of a campaign that raised $182,000 last summer largely through USO barbecue fundraisers at 115 area new-car...

October 05, 2018
Up to 40,000 cars damaged by Florence
The need for replacement vehicles probably will affect values, especially in the region.

AAA: Most drivers don't understand limitations of car safety systems
The AAA said it is important for dealers, automakers and rental-car companies to educate drivers at the time they take delivery of their vehicle on...

October 05, 2018
Lawyer cations against overreaction to CFPB supervisory guidelines
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a statement highlighting that the guidelines do not have the same force as laws.

September 21, 2018
OSHA visits to area dealerships on the rise
Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections of dealerships have reached a level not seen since 2015, said Phil Troy, founder of CATA...

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