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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Internet Ups: Guiding the Prospect from Email to Phone to Showroom

CATA seminar: Improving net profits in the virtual dealership
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A discussion of creating compelling content to convince and convert shoppers, and thus improve inventory ROI.

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Art of Service Management - Combining the Art of Management with the Automotive Technology Science

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Update on the Dealership Buy/Sell Marketplace...What is Driving Blue Sky Values?​

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, October 23, 2014

The 5 Key Habits of Super Star Controllers & Office Managers

How your environment impacts bottom line
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Discover the touch points and analytics that drive industry leaders, with representatives of a Chicago-based global design firm.

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Back Office Consolidation for Multi-Location Dealer Groups

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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_2015-125-100Chicago 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. 2015 will mark the 107th edition of the show.
Since 1935, the CATA has had the honor of presenting the the Chicago show. Over the years it has grown with the city moving from the Colisium to the International Amphitheatre to the original McCormick Place and then to the current McCormick Place. Today, the show occupies two exibition halls with more than 1 million square feet of exibition 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 this year more than $2 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

September 26, 2014
USO of Illinois to honor CATA
The dealer association will receive the USO Salute to Leadership award on Oct. 25 for its continued dedication and support of the U.S. Armed Services.

September 26, 2014
American elections, dealer responsibility
It's not enough to vote every other year; we have to get involved, ... we have to demand a stronger performance from Congress, AIADA Chairman Larry...

September 26, 2014
OSHA repeals dealer recordkeeping exemptions
Some businesses had been exempt from keeping a workplace injury and illness log, including one for car dealers dating back to the 1980s.

September 26, 2014
NADA: Dealers are efficient, competitive
NADA President Peter Welsh took to the Wall Street Journal's Sept. 25 op-ed pages to challenge a criticism of state automobile franchise laws, made...

September 26, 2014
Road Dealer connects used-vehicle buyers and sellers 24/7
New Road Dealer feature lets dealers take photos of a car, give a short description, and instantly share the information with a network of 200+ buyers...

September 26, 2014
'Take the Wheel' theme of Northwood's 2014 auto show, Oct. 10-12
The Michigan university's annual outdoors show will feature more than 500 new domestic and imported cars, trucks, and other vehicles.

September 25, 2014
USO seeking old telephones
With millions of Apple iPhone 6s on the market, there no doubt are millions of broken and outdated devices. The USO will happily accept them, to help...

September 16, 2014
August 2014 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

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