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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

October 16, 2020
Secretary of state to hold TRP training webinars
The presentations will review the new process to issue temporary registration permits, which debuts Nov. 4.

October 16, 2020
Free webinar to examine dealership video security strategies
Dealerships that use cloud-based video security can easily scale coverage to mitigate theft and resolve customer incidents.​

October 16, 2020
Potentially massive Takata recall surfacing, this time for safety belts
New problems surrounding safety belts produced by bankrupt auto supplier Takata could lead to millions of new recalls in the U.S.

October 16, 2020
Simpler applications for PPP loans up to $50K
The Small Business Administration announced a simpler forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program loans of $50,000 or less.

October 16, 2020
Libertyville dealers giving gift certificates with car sales this month
The village is paying for the certificates, $200 for residents and $100 for out-of-towners.​

October 16, 2020
NADA to go all-virtual for its 2021 convention
NADA Show 2021 will be held Feb. 9-11 as an all-virtual event experience.

October 16, 2020
Advocacy must extend beyond NADA Washington Conference
Now that the NADA's Washington Conference has come and gone, dealer advocacy and grassroots work must continue.

October 16, 2020
Beijing auto show highlights 'smart future' of vehicles
China's ability to stage a successful auto show is of great positive significance for boosting the morale of the global automobile industry.

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