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Coronavirus Resource Page

Given the constantly changing circumstances regarding COVID-19, CATA has created an information page for CATA member dealers. This resourse page provides direct access to federal government guidance and other materials to help manage new-car and -truck dealerships. We will continue to update these materials as the situation evolves.

** OSHA National Employer COVID-19 Vaccination or Test Mandate **

** New Statewide Mask Mandate - Effective Monday, Aug. 30 **

Click Here to get the latest COVID-19 information  |   CATA Allied Member Dealer Support & Programs

Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

See how the CATA has been helping Chicago's New-Car Dealers since 1904.

Important Dates

First Look for Charity
Friday, February 11, 2022

Since its inception in 1992, the Chicago Auto Show's benevolent event has raised nearly $56 million for numerous Chicago area charities and the causes...

2022 Chicago Auto Show
Saturday, February 12, 2022

McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

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Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one 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. 2022 will mark the 114th 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 nearly than $3 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

November 26, 2021
Despite low dealership inventories, consumer sales satisfaction unchanged from 2020: J.D. Power
New vehicles are hard to find, but customer satisfaction with the purchase experience has held since last year.

November 26, 2021
FTC puts hundreds of businesses on notice about fake reviews, other misleading endorsements
The rise of social media has blurred the line between authentic content and advertising, leading to an explosion in deceptive endorsements.

November 26, 2021
Are US car shoppers ripe for purchase ordering?
The European business model has dealerships stocking low inventory and taking orders for vehicles that might take months to arrive. Could the U.S....

November 26, 2021
Supply chain mess to mean fewer car ads this holiday season
With fewer vehicles than normal to sell, automakers and their dealers wonder about how much to advertise to encourage demand.​

November 26, 2021
2021 year-end checklist for dealers
Some year-end considerations for tax planning opportunities and tasks.

November 26, 2021
Supporting a charitable cause this holiday season? We want to know!
The CATA wants to promote dealership goodwill.​

November 26, 2021
2022 DOC fee to be announced Dec. 10
The fee is adjusted each Jan. 1 to reflect rises in the consumer price index.

November 26, 2021
In Memoriam: Scott Muller
He was a partner of the six-franchise Muller Auto Group.

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