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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

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...

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, September 18, 2014

How to Create a Professional Image on the Service Drive... Improve Retention, CSI, Sales & Profits

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Habits and Practices of the Exceptional Used Vehicle Manager

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 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 12, 2014
In Memoriam, Sept. 15, 2014
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September 12, 2014
Dealers lobby lawmakers to reform CFPB auto lending guidance
House Resolution 5403 seeks to nullify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's flawed guidanace on auto lending.

September 12, 2014
Vehicle donations sought for school damaged by fire
Proviso East High School's automotive technology program has no vehicles with which to teach 360 students enrolled in the program, following a...

September 12, 2014
Dealership buy-sell activity heating up
Private transactions in the first half of 2014 were up 80 percent from the number recorded a year ago.

September 12, 2014
Long-term new-car loans skyrocket
In the first quarter of 2014 24.9 percent of new-car loans carried terms of 73 to 84 months. Four years ago, less than 10 percent of such loans were...

September 12, 2014
Total balance of auto loans reaches all-time high
For the first time, the total balance of auto loans exceeds $900 billion.

September 12, 2014
Gen Y buyers greater than X for first time
Gen Y car buying is on pace to increase 17 percent for the full year compared with 2013. Gen X sales volumes are expected to increase 6 percent, J.D....

September 12, 2014
In Memoriam, Sept. 15, 2014
Frances L. Ford

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