Phone: 630-495-2282 Fax: 630-495-2260 Map/Directions

Annual CATA Golf Outing

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

CATA/USO BBQ for the Troops
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Annual CATA dealer fundraiser for USO of Illinois

View All

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

July 01, 2016
What a dealer should do about recalled vehicles
Dealers who want to retail a vehicle under recall aren't going to like what they hear.

July 01, 2016
Set to take effect July 1, court blocks enforcement of 'persuader' rule
The "persuader" rule attempts to require employers and their outside lawyers and consultants to report any efforts they make the persuade employees on...

July 01, 2016
Businesses need advance planning to defend against disasters
Having an emergency preparedness plan in place is as important to the survival of a small business as its business plan.​

July 01, 2016
Subprime borrowers at lowest number since 2005
The improving trend could bring relief to big banks, which tightened credit standards in the wake of the crisis.

June 17, 2016
Hennessy to lead CATA during 2016-2017 term as chairman
Hennessy, principal of River View Ford in Oswego, will lead the CATA for the next 12 months.

June 17, 2016
Newcomers Marquardt, Webb Roberts elected to CATA board
Dan Marquardt and Kelly Webb Roberts and three incumbents were the top vote-getters in this month's voting for the CATA board of directors.

June 17, 2016
Scarpelli re-elected NADA's Metropolitan Chicago director
Scarpelli represents dealers in Cook, Lake, and DuPage counties on the NADA board of directors.

June 17, 2016
Chicago minimum wage climbs to $10.50 beginning July 1
The wage increase applies only to Chicago workers. The minimum wage in the rest of Illinois remains $8.25 an hour.

View All

Drive Chicago
Chicagoland Dealers Care