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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

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Stem the tide of loss from dealership fraud
Thursday, November 02, 2017

Understand the exposure to your dealership and how to insure against that exposure.​

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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_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. 2016 will mark the 108th 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

October 20, 2017
NADA chairman calls some manufacturer incentive programs 'brand killers'
So-called stair-step bonus programs were called harmful to U.S. auto dealers, to consumer confidence, and to brand loyalty.​

October 20, 2017
NAFTA changes could mean 'lose-lose' outcome for auto industry
Officials are seeking changes to rules of origin, which govern what share of a car must be sourced from NAFTA countries for the vehicle to receive the...

October 20, 2017
Chicagoland Dealers Care matches dealers' support of area nonprofits
The CATA program donated to the Joliet Salvation Army and to Plant with Purpose.​

October 20, 2017
Connexion has solutions to overcome 'Daylight Spending Time'
The CATA's energy-efficient lighting Approved Member Partner looks at the season when inefficient lighting is used for more hours to showcase vehicle...

October 20, 2017
Consumers like in-vehicle tech but don't fully understand it -- or use it
Whether consumers are comfortable with the technology will determine whether they like, trust and want fully self-driving vehicles.

October 20, 2017
In Memoriam: Dean L. Christenson Sr., Thomas A. Noe
Principals of Chicago area dealerships.

October 06, 2017
Supreme Court to again consider case of OT for service advisers
The high court for the second time will review whether dealership service advisers are exempt from federal overtime pay requirements.​

October 06, 2017
Senate move to ground recalled vehicles stalls
The Senate committee did not vote on a measure to prohibit dealers from selling, leasing or wholesaling any used vehicles under open recall.

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