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John-Alfie-Time175Congratulations to Chicago-area dealer and former CATA board member John Alfirevich

John Alfirevich, dealer principal of Apple Chevrolet in Tinley Park, on Jan. 25 was named the 2019 Time Dealer of the Year, one of the automobile industry's most prestigious and highly coveted awards that a new-car dealer can win.
The recognition came during the 102nd National Automobile Dealers Association Show in San Francisco. Alfirevich was announced the winner at a ceremony where all 51 of this year's dealer nominees were honored.
Five regional finalists and the award winner were chosen by a faculty panel from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan.
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Important Dates

NADA Show 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019

NADA national convention: Jan. 24-27, 2019. Click to register.

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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.

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. 2019 will mark the 111th 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.

Latest News

March 08, 2019
CATA becomes partner of IADA-CVR vehicle registration program
The program can create a new revenue stream for dealers by generating $15 for each vehicle processed.

March 08, 2019
Smaller tax refunds could hamper used-car demand
Based on IRS reports so far this year, the average refund has taken a downturn.

March 08, 2019
Dealerships brace for possible impacts of tariffs on new vehicles
A 25 percent tariff would raise the average new vehicle's $35,000 sale price by $2,750, impacting sales by as many as 1.3 million units.

March 08, 2019
CATA’s Chicagoland Dealers Care program matches dealer charity grants
The program helps the contributions that dealers make to nonprofits go a little bit further, and broadcast the message a little bit wider.

March 08, 2019
NADA: Sky's not falling over auto loan delinquencies
Yes, auto loan delinquencies are up from the recession of a decade ago, but so too are the number of loan originations.

March 08, 2019
Tesla closing retail stores in favor of online-only
The electric vehicle manufacturer said Feb. 28 that it would eliminate many of its retail stores and move to online-only vehicle sales.

March 08, 2019
Sedgwick deflects Q4 2018 jobless claims
The company's efforts saved 78 CATA daler members a combined $538,157 by contesting claims for unemployment insurance benefits.​

February 25, 2019
January 2019 Chicago Auto Outlook
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