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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, July 31, 2014

How to Make Parts eCommerce Work for Your Dealership . . . It's more than just eBay!​

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Habits & Practices of the Exceptional Service Manager

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Effective Dealership BDCs . . . What's Working & What to Avoid

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Benchmarks and Key Performance Indicators . . . A Deeper Look at this "Every Manager" Tool

CATA seminar: A review of state motor vehicle ad regs
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

An important presentation on dealer advertising, with officials charged with making sure the ads comply with the Illinois Motor Vehicle Advertising...

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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

July 22, 2014
June 2014 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

July 18, 2014
State agency fines dealership for failing to file wage reports
The Illinois Department of Employment Security offered no leniency on the fine, even though it failed to notify the business of the new filing...

July 18, 2014
Principal Financial Group named Preferred Partner for retirement planning, group benefits, related services
The financial services program offers substantial monthly savings and increased/improved service models to all association members.

July 18, 2014
CATA selects 2 recommended consultants
Initial partners are named in the association's Recommended Consultants program, new for 2014.

July 18, 2014
What's ahead for used-car sales
Attractive financing put second quarter used-vehicle purchases within reach for more consumers. And the market sweet spot is moving upward in terms of...

July 18, 2014
Marketing in the dealer and mobile world
If you're not fulling engaging in the mobile space in your marketing efforts to women, you're missing out.

July 18, 2014
Jeb Bush, Jay Leno to be among speakers at 2015 NADA convention
Attendee registration and housing opens July 21. For more information, visit

July 18, 2014
Congratulations! (July 21, 2014)
Manufacturers fete area dealerships.

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