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Coronavirus Resource Page

Given the constantly changing circumstances regarding COVID-19, CATA has created an information page for CATA member dealers. This resourse page provides direct access to federal government guidance and other materials to help manage new-car and -truck dealerships. We will continue to update these materials as the situation evolves.

** New Statewide Mask Mandate - Effective Monday, Aug. 30 **

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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

See how the CATA has been helping Chicago's New-Car Dealers since 1904.

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Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one 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. 2021 will mark the 113th 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 nearly than $3 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

October 15, 2021
Dealership gives SUV to family of boy injured in playground accident
Ray Chevrolet gave the vehicle to the family to accommodate Alex Hook's wheelchair and ease his entry to and exit from the vehicle.

October 15, 2021
More vehicles stolen from dealership service bays
Two more vehicles were stolen this month from Highland Park dealerships, police for the city reported Oct. 11.

October 15, 2021
EVs, hybrids creep higher on wish lists
Even with the semiconductor shortage, one trend apparent this year is the growing acceptance of electrified vehicles.

October 15, 2021
100-plus US lawmakers rally support for EV tax credit bill
The bill would give consumers a $4,500 tax credit incentive for buying a union-built electric vehicle, but not for EVs built by nonunion workers.

October 15, 2021
New EV charger can provide 62 miles of range in 3 minutes
A single Terra 360 charging station can feed electricity into four vehicles at once.​

October 15, 2021
Profit potential of impending Ill. legislation is the focus of special meeting
Dynatron Software will host the Oct. 18 meeting.​

October 15, 2021
Record vehicle prices mean record record monthly repayments on new, used
Average new-vehicle monthly loan repayments passed $600 during Q3 2021. For used vehicles, the average monthly payment now is $500.

October 15, 2021
The case for LIFO
Woodward & Associates, a CPA firm, reviews the pros and cons of staying on the Last in, first out accounting method.

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