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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

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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.

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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. 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

August 28, 2015
70 dealerships raise $121,000 for USO of Illinois programs
In three Julys, Barbecue for the Troops events have raised about $250,000 for USO programs that support deployed troops, military families, wounded,...

August 28, 2015
Be ready to explain why dealership repair is better than independent shops
Dealers should demonstrate to customers that they can't get the same quality of service anywhere else.

August 28, 2015
'First car' contest on
Contest winners and their guests will be feted at the NASCAR Xfinity Race Series at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet on Sept. 19.

August 28, 2015
Automakers spending big on technologies consumers rarely use
A report found that at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured.​

August 28, 2015
Dealer plates on Uber car?
A dealer who hailed an Uber ride was surprised when his driver arrived in a car sporting another dealer's license plates.​

August 28, 2015
Used-car prices hit record high
Prices in the second quarter of 2015 climbed 7.6 percent year-over-year to an average of $18,800.

August 28, 2015
Governments chasing use taxes on private sales
The revenue departments of Chicago and Cook County this summer increased enforcement in collecting the use tax owed on a vehicle sale between private...

August 28, 2015
Cizek scores a hole-in-one
The former CATA president, now can be found--where else?--on the links.

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