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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

CATA seminar: Sales, F&I issues with Unfair & Deceptive Practices Act
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A seminar highly recommended for anyone at the dealership who interacts with, or markets to, consumers.

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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.

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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. 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

October 09, 2015
Dealers converge in Washington
In remarks to more than 500 new-car dealers and dealer association executives, the NADA chairman stressed the importance of correcting misconceptions...

October 09, 2015
Senators push dealers to not sell used vehicles with open recalls
NADA officials said dealers support a 100 percent recall completion rate, but that many of the defects have nothing to do with vehicle safety.

October 09, 2015
CFPB admits using bad math to restructure $900B auto finance industry: editorial
Investor's Business Daily charged the CFPB with using discredited methodology in the agency's pursuit of major auto lenders.​

October 09, 2015
Check criminals make dealership acceptance policies a priority
A detailed check acceptance policy can help dealers reduce the incidence of fraud.​

October 09, 2015
White House says Trans-Pacific trade deal would boost auto sector
The deal also reduces the amount of content needed to classify a part as tariff-free under the agreement.

October 09, 2015
Marketplace, October 2015
Candidates for Controller, Auto Recondition Manager

September 25, 2015
Retailers face Oct. 1 deadline to transition to EMV chip cards
Businesses that don't upgrade from equipment that swipes the magnetic strip of credit and debit cards will bear responsibility for all transactions...

September 25, 2015
Legislation to put reins on CFPB inches along in U.S. House
The bill to roll back CFPB efforts to eliminate a dealer's flexibility to discount the APR offered to customers who finance their transactions is...

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