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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

Service Applications: The Good, the Bad, & the Future
Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Gillrie Institute leads a free 60-minute webinar to review new technology used in the Service Department.

USO BBQ for the Troops
Saturday, July 15, 2017

USO BBQ for the Troops Dealer Materials

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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

June 16, 2017
Scarpelli elected CATA chairman
The Fox Lake dealer will lead the association for the next 12 months.

June 16, 2017
4 newcomers among 5 dealers elected to CATA board of directors
The three-year terms began at the June 14, 2017, meeting of the association's board of directors.

June 16, 2017
Time's a-wastin' to get dealerships signed up for USO fundraiser
The CATA hopes to enlist 100 area dealers to help raise money for the USO of Illinois.​

June 16, 2017
CATA awards Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship to high school graduate
Ashley Roscoe, a graduating senior at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, won the $1,000 grant.

June 16, 2017
Marquardt of Barrington dealer named a 2017 'Father of the Year'
Dan Marquardt was honored by the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative.

June 16, 2017
Down payments and loan terms on the rise, as are new-car prices
Shoppers in May spent an average $3,801 upfront on a new vehicle, a 6.5 percent increase over a year ago.

June 16, 2017
Follow the regs when employing minors ages 14 to 17
The ability to drive and other workplace tasks is restricted for minors.

June 16, 2017
Chicago minimum wage climbing to $11 beginning July 1
The city's minimum will increase each of the next three July 1s.

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