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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
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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 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 22, 2017
Now beware of Irma cars
The number of flood-damaged cars increased. Again.

September 22, 2017
Take steps in wake of Equifax breach
Following the recent breach of Equifax security, dealerships likely are encountering customer questions about the security of their financial...

September 22, 2017
Unionized dealerships, technicians reach deal on 4-year pact
About 130 area dealers with unionized technicians agreed to a four-year contract Sept. 17, nearly seven weeks after the workers put down their tools...

September 22, 2017
New law forces Chicago dealers to lock keys, license plates
The Chicago City Council on Sept. 13 passed legislation requiring the city's dealers to lock up keys and license plates after business hours.

September 22, 2017
CATA names new marketing manager
Jim OBrill has joined the Chicago Automobile Trade Association as the CATA's new marketing director.

September 22, 2017
CATA Chairman's Column, September 2017
CATA Chairman Ray Scarpelli Jr. updates the membership on the association's various charitable efforts.

September 22, 2017
Nation's dealers take agenda to Washington
With Congress focusing on tax reform, dealers told congressmen their tax reform priorities. Any changes should not negatively impact small business...

September 22, 2017
Some states pull plug on EV station costs
Building more charging stations could help alleviate "range anxiety" and boost electric car sales, but several states said utility companies shouldn't...

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