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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.

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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.

Important Dates

2021 Chicago Auto Show
Saturday, February 13, 2021

McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

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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. 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.

Latest News

September 18, 2020
Illinois getting new TRP process this fall
Under the new system, Illinois dealerships will use paper stock issued by the secretary of state's office to print temporary registration permits and...

September 18, 2020
Area dealers prepping for month-long fundraisers for USO of Illinois
Dealerships are encouraging the public to stop in on Saturday, Oct. 3, or at any time in October to make a donation to the USO of Illinois.

September 18, 2020
Pandemic isn't winning back converts; they never left: NADA
Peter Welch, president of the NADA, said the pervasive belief that Millenials and Gen Z consumers would usher in the end of personal vehicle...

September 18, 2020
The new normal
Jason Courter, a Washington dealer and the 2020 chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, offers words for his fellow...

September 18, 2020
Protecting your dealership's data
CATA Approved member Partner Shartega IT reviews the steps needed to safeguard personal data kept at the dealership.

September 18, 2020
In Memoriam: John F. Weinberger
He co-founded the Continental Motors Group in 1962 and expanded it to one of the nation's Top 120 dealership groups.

September 04, 2020
Customer satisfaction plunges in pandemic
In a year in which everything seems to be going wrong, it probably comes as little surprise that consumers are increasingly frustrated with the auto...

September 04, 2020
COVID-19 even changing the ways people use vehicles
Two separate studies showed that many people are increasingly using their cars to get away from the people they live with or just to feel normal...

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