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2015 CATA Golf Outing

Annual Member Golf Outing

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, 12294 Archer Ave., Lemont, IL

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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, June 04, 2015

General Managers - 5 Top Sure-Fire Bottom Line Builders

CATA seminar: Millennials and the new car-shopping process
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Dealers must work to influence the young consumers' decisions online -- where millennials spend the majority of their shopping time.

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Dealership IT Managers - 5 Top Sure-Fire Bottom Line Builders

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Service Menu Design & Profit Structuring...Art & Science

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Text Marketing and Customer Communications for the Service Dept. Selling More and Staying Legal

Digital Dealer Workshop
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Get special member pricing for the eight-hour workshop in Oak Brook, and learn to use the Internet to sell and service more vehicles.

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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 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

May 29, 2015
Complying with OSHA 300
CATA member ComplyNet reviews the process for dealerships to comply with the OSHA 300 record keeping and reporting.

May 22, 2015
6 vying for 5 CATA director seats in 2015 election
Six candidates, including three incumbents, are on this year's ballot, which mailed May 22. Voting continues until June 5.​

May 22, 2015
KPA advises how to find, hire, retain the best workforces
With employee compensation and benefits accounting for 35 percent of a dealership's operating expenses, the role of the HR Department must be more...

May 22, 2015
Electric market: To lock rates or not to lock?
Utility Management Group, a CATA approved member partner, shares thoughts on whether now is the right time to enter a contract to lock a dealership's...

May 22, 2015
Are millennials unfairly denied credit thanks to traditional credit scores?
Traditional credit scores were valuable for previous generations, but they may not provide the most accurate assessment of credit worthiness for the...

May 22, 2015
Collision protection technology paves way for autonomous driving
Three of the top five technologies consumers most prefer in their next vehicle are related to collision protection.

May 22, 2015
Collision protection technologies pave way for autonomous driving
Subprime or deep subprime loans made up 19.7 percent of the market in the first quarter, the lowest percentage since 2012.​

May 22, 2015
Q1 subprime lending falls
Subprime or deep subprime loans made up 19.7 percent of the market in the first quarter, the lowest percentage since 2012.​

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