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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

CATA seminar: A review of the Illinois motor vehicle ad regs
Tuesday, June 04, 2019

A discussion of infractions seen by the BBB during reviews of dealer ads.

2019 CATA Member Golf Outing
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The annual CATA golf outing is June 12 at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont.​

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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.

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. 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.

Latest News

July 12, 2019
Alfirevich gets congressional recognition
The recognition, in light of Alfirevich becoming the 2019 Time Dealer of the Year winner, came at the behest of U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois.

July 12, 2019
Massarelli wins race for Metro Chicago NADA director
He will represent dealers in Cook, Lake and DuPage counties.

July 12, 2019
Used-car sales volume to plateau in next 2 years
Used-vehicle sales volume is expected to dip by the end of 2019 to 39.2 million unit sales, from 39.4 million last year, and then fall to 39 million...

July 12, 2019
Study shows how dealers can laugh their way to successful sales calls
Top sales performers, a new analysis found, laughed during more than half of their calls, helping to relax themselves and bringing a positive feeling...

July 12, 2019
Automakers don't need to merge
History shows that merging entire car companies is usually a recipe for failure.​

June 28, 2019
Taxes, fees going up July 1, Jan. 1
The cost to title a car goes up July 1, to$150 from $95. Also July 1, the tax on a gallon of gasoline doubles from 19 cents to 38 cents. Beginning...

June 28, 2019
Haggerty elected CATA chairman
Bill Haggerty will lead the association for the next 12 months.

June 28, 2019
Latest dealer advertising infractions reviewed
Representatives of the Better Business Bureau spoke of recent dealer ads they reviewed which did not comply with the Illinois Motor Vehicle...

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