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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, January 08, 2015

Effective Labor Rate Control and Management... The Art & The Science

CATA seminar: Leasing 101 (4th presentation)
Friday, January 09, 2015

A free,-half-day presentation to sharpen your lease penetration skills in time for the lease taxation change coming Jan. 1, 2015.

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Habits & Practices of Exceptional F&I Managers​

DealersEdge Webinar
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Habits & Practices of Exceptional BDC Managers​

DealersEdge Webinar
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Internet Ups: Guiding the Prospect from Email to Phone to Showroom

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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_2015-125-100Chicago 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. 2015 will mark the 107th 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 $2.5 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

December 19, 2014
2015 Illinois DOC fee max is $168.43
The maximum amount that Illinois dealers can charge in 2015 for documentary preparation fees is $168.43, the Illinois attorney general's office...

December 19, 2014
CATA's new odometer statements actually are same old same old
The dealer association recently started circulating a new version of the form, but the only real difference between it and the past version is where...

December 19, 2014
OSHA reporting, recordkeeping changes take effect Jan. 1
An exemption dealers have enjoyed goes away Jan. 1, when they will have to keep the OSHA 300 log, 301 form, and 300A annual summary; and must notify...

December 19, 2014
New study discredits CFPB's fair credit testing methodology
NADA Chairman Forrest McConnell overviews a new comprehensive study of auto loan contracts which found the method used by the CFPB to measure for...

December 19, 2014
As vehicle technology, complexity increase, product specialist role in sales process grows
Increasingly, dealers are employing product specialists to enhance the new-vehicle sales process by demonstrating vehicle features and technological...

December 19, 2014
Consider 'adopting' a school for 2015 Chicago Auto Show
Remember that today's high school students are tomorrow's automobile consumers.

December 19, 2014
White remains most popular new-car color in 2014
Shunning originality, new-car shoppers made white the most popular color for the fourth straight year.

December 16, 2014
November 2014 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

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