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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

First Look for Charity
Friday, February 07, 2020

Since its inception in 1992, the Chicago Auto Show's benevolent event has raised nearly $50 million for numerous Chicago area charities and the causes...

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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.

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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. 2020 will mark the 112th 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.
 
 
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Latest News

January 10, 2020
Auto Show gala aims to raise $3M
Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, spirits, champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks, and get a 'first look' at the nation's largest auto show the evening...

January 10, 2020
Materials shipped for 2020, auto show
All CATA members whose dues are up-to-date were sent packages containing materials to help them in 2020 as well as tickets to attend next month's...

January 10, 2020
CATA office closed Jan. 31-Feb. 18 for auto show
Dealerships in need of any forms provided by the CATA should stock up this month before the association's office closes during the auto show.

January 10, 2020
As 2019 closed, average APR on used, new financing softened
The average percentage rate on new financed vehicles averaged 5.4% in December compared to 5.5% in November and 5.9% in December 2018.

January 10, 2020
What to do when a dealership is victimized by data hackers
What to do when a dealership is victimized by data hackers.

January 10, 2020
NADA's 2020 Dealership Workforce Study opens
Dealers have until April 15 to participate in the annual study.

January 10, 2020
January 2020 area dealer census
A semiannual snapshot of the new-car dealer head count in the eight counties in which the CATA has concerns.

December 27, 2019
Analysts predict slight sales decline in 2020
The National Automobile Dealers Association forecasted that sales of new vehicles in 2020 will fail to reach 17 million units for the first time since...

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