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Important Dates

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Habits & Practices of the Exceptional General Manager

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Best Practice Hiring & Training for the Automotive BDC

CATA seminar: A review of state motor vehicle ad regs
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

An important presentation on dealer advertising, with officials charged with making sure the ads comply with the Illinois Motor Vehicle Advertising...

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, September 18, 2014

How to Create a Professional Image on the Service Drive... Improve Retention, CSI, Sales & Profits

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Habits and Practices of the Exceptional Used Vehicle Manager

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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 this year more than $2 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

August 29, 2014
Barbecues raise $90,000 for USO
The second annual effort among CATA dealers raised more than twice as much as last year's inaugural outcome.

August 29, 2014
Dealers, Teamsters Local 731 agree to new 4-year labor pact
The new deal is effective through July 31, 2018.

August 29, 2014
CATA meets with IDES over reporting fines
The dealers said they weren't aware of the newer requirement to file monthly contribution and wage reports. One dealer is facing more than $10,000 in...

August 29, 2014
CATA reviewing potential approved lighting partner(s)
The CATA Member Benefits Committee is in talks with potential lighting partners and has advice for dealers considering lighting improvement or...

August 29, 2014
'Engage' in new opportunities
Monthly column by Chicago Metro NADA Director Mark Scarpelli.

August 29, 2014
Respect is top attribute for women shoppers
Salespeople who are respectful of female car shoppers overtakes trustworthiness as the top influencer.

August 29, 2014
In Memoriam, Sept. 1, 2014
William F. Haeger III, Stella M. Hennessy.​

August 26, 2014
July 2014 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

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