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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

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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

March 24, 2017
A new car can almost be purchased online -- from a dealer
Consumers can turn to the internet for vehicle price comparisons, but they still need to visit a dealer to complete the purchase process.

March 24, 2017
New sales agreement needed for many used cars beginning July 1
Illinois dealers will need to update their purchase agreements when selling used vehicles that qualify for an implied warranty.​

March 24, 2017
Auto industry to seek flexible fuel-economy standards from EPA
Automakers and suppliers at a conference this month said looser fuel-economy standards might allow for sales of more trucks in areas where they are...

March 24, 2017
Justice Department finds CFPB unconstitutional, sides with Trump
This month's amicus brief marks a reversal of the DOJ's stance under the Obama administration.​

March 24, 2017
McLarty: President has a natural ally in car dealers
In an Op-Ed, the author said dealers share many of the president's core policy ideas, such as simplifying an unwieldy tax code and lowering rates, and...

March 24, 2017
CATA enlists Chicago Concierge to deliver perks to dealers
The new CATA program provides association members free concierge service and inside access to dining, nightlife and entertainment throughout the...

March 14, 2017
February 2017 Chicago Auto Outlook
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March 10, 2017
Under new law, Illinois dealers must offer implied warranty on used cars
Beginning July 1, the state's dealerships must extend a 15 day/500 miles warranty on used cars that have been driven less than 150,000 miles at the...

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