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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.

Gov. Prtizker has mandated that all of Illinois will enter Tier 3 coronavirus mitigations on Friday, Nov. 20 at 12:01 a.m. That means the following for Illinois retailers including auto dealers:

•    Operate at no more than 25% occupancy.
•    Encourage delivery or curbside pickup options wherever possible.
•    When in-store shopping is necessary, promote efficient trips and consistent circulation.

It’s always good practice to contact your local law enforcement to make sure your plans meet their expectations for public safety.

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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. 2021 will mark the 113th 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 nearly than $3 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

November 27, 2020
Thieves turn to technology to steal from dealer lots
A nationwide crime trend shows car thieves can steal vehicles in a matter of minutes by electronically copying vehicle key fobs.

November 27, 2020
Less becoming more with dealership inventories
This year's automotive factory shutdowns left dealerships with fewer offerings on their lots. That's a good thing, many industry experts contend.

November 27, 2020
2021 dollar thresholds in Regs. Z, M unchanged from 2020
The exemption thresholds for Regulation M and Z for exempt consumer credit and lease transactions will remain $58,300 effective Jan. 1.

November 27, 2020
COVID-19 increases dealer anxiety about manufacturer demands
Rhett Ricart, the 2020 NADA chairman, calls automaker demands for expensive, lookalike facilities "mausoleum mandates."

November 27, 2020
Dealer group donates van to local food pantry
Antioch-based Raymond Auto Group covered $20,000 towards a new cargo van to Open Arms Mission, a local food pantry.

November 27, 2020
2021 DOC fee to be announced Dec. 10
The Illinois attorney general's office is expected to announce Dec. 10 the maximum documentary service fee that can be charged in 2021.

November 27, 2020
2020 year-end checklist for dealerships
MichaelSilver, a CPA firm in Deerfield, assembled a list to consider of dealership tax planning opportunities and year-end tasks.

November 27, 2020
In Memoriam: Lee Drabek
Mr. Drabek 78, was principal of Gateway Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Kia in Chicago from 1987 to 2008.

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