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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

CATA seminar: A review of the Illinois motor vehicle ad regs
Tuesday, June 04, 2019

A discussion of infractions seen by the BBB during reviews of dealer ads.

2019 CATA Member Golf Outing
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The annual CATA golf outing is June 12 at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont.​

USO BBQ for the Troops
Saturday, July 13, 2019

USO BBQ for the Troops Dealer Materials

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Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is on 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. 2019 will mark the 111th 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

June 14, 2019
3 newcomers are among 5 dealers elected to CATA board of directors
Incumbents Dan Marquardt and Kelly Webb Roberts were joined in victory by first-time winners Dan Heller, Scott Muller and Steve Phillipos for...

June 14, 2019
Springfield maneuverings mixed bag for dealers, whammy for drivers
A poison pill in the capital infrastructure plan, for dealers and consumers: The tax credit available on traded-in vehicles would be capped at...

June 14, 2019
As new-car retailing slows, dealership buy/sell action rises in Q1
Despite declining new-vehicle sales, the outlook for the buy/sell market remains robust.

June 14, 2019
Dealer groups join to promote F&I compliance policy
The policy provides dealers with tools to ensure their operations are compliant, transparent and consumer-friendly.

June 14, 2019
Thanks, 2019 sponsors!
Allied members who sponsored elements of the association's annual golf outing.

June 14, 2019
Marketplace, June 17, 2019
Biller/Collector candidate.

May 31, 2019
James Bond to drive electric Aston Martin in next film: media reports
The car in the as yet untitled movie will be Aston Martin's new $330,000 Rapide E, the company's first electric car.

May 31, 2019
Thinking of hosting a fundraiser for the USO July 13? Get registered!
If you plan to hold a barbecue but the CATA doesn't know about it, your dealership won't be part of the market-wide promotion campaign.

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