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Shelter In Place - Dealership Update

Gov. Pritzker Extends Stay at Home Order -- Now through April 30

Based on guidance from the Illinois Secretary of State: 

  • Dealership sales departments should not be generally open to the public. Instead, sales activities should be conducted only by appointment, and the appointments should be made online or by phone.
  • All dealership employees and customers who are allowed into showrooms must follow the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Coronavirus prevention guidelines.
  • Dealership personnel and customers should be careful to adhere to social distancing throughout sales and service operations.
  • Every effort should be made to serve customers remotely by picking up and dropping off vehicles, after they have been properly disinfected.

Please be advised that your service operations have been deemed essential and can remain operational while following the CDC's guidelines.

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.

Click Here to get the latest COVID-19 information  |   CATA Allied Member Dealer Support & Programs

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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. 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

April 03, 2020
COVID-19 CATA Dealer Operations Survey
About 100 dealers representing more than 120 area new-car stores responded to the survey about their operations during the coronavirus crisis.

April 03, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program applications begin
Representatives of the U.S. Treasury urged those in need of funding to apply quickly, noting that the program has a cap and demand is likely to be...

April 03, 2020
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April 03, 2020
Dealer cash might be taxable
There are six types of dealer cash transactions. Only one of them is taxable.

April 03, 2020
'Phase 4' coronavirus bill?
Congress already is eyeing a "phase four" legislative package to respond to the coronavirus pandemic amid continuing signs of economic devastation and...

April 03, 2020
NADA worker study extended to May 1
Participation in the 2020 Dealer Workforce Study, one of the automotive industry’s largest workforce studies, has been extended to May 1.

April 03, 2020
In Memoriam: William Koloseike
William Koloseike, 92, was founder of the Bill Kay Auto Group

March 20, 2020
'We're all in this together'
Although dealers are competitors in the car business, we are all united in feeling that cooperation and information-sharing will help us get through...

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