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Emergency Relief Fund for Baton Rouge Dealership Families

The CATA is donating $10,000 to the Emergency Relief Fund for Baton Rouge Dealership Families. John Hennessy, CATA Chairman, encourages Chicago-area dealers to consider donating to the fund as well. For more information, please click the following link.

Important Dates

Protecting against car thieves
Thursday, March 02, 2017

Former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy will offer strategies that dealers can follow when employees are present, and representatives of United...

CATA seminar: Protecting against a cyber breach
Thursday, March 23, 2017

A review of the current cyber threat landscape and how to avoid a breach.

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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_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. 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

February 24, 2017
CATA reacts as luxury car thefts continue across Chicago, suburbs
The association will host a March 2 presentation about techniques and technology available to help dealers, and is producing window stickers meant to...

February 24, 2017
109th Chicago Auto Show ends 10-day run
Taking center stage were more than 20 vehicles making their world debuts.

February 24, 2017
Auto show's charity event raises $3 million
The black-tie benefit raised about $3,035,000, the most in its 26 years, and two attendees won new Lexus and Acura models.​

February 24, 2017
Illinois legislation would amend Motor Vehicle Franchise Act
Car manufacturers would be prohibited from requiring their dealers to remodel their facilities for 10 years after the last upgrade, as part of...

February 24, 2017
Oberweis trying again to open dealerships for Sunday car sales
It is the GOP senator from Sugar Grove's fourth attempt on the matter since 2013.​

February 24, 2017
Many think Trump's proposed import tax would raise prices, kill jobs
Republican senators are growing increasingly cool to the idea of imposing a "border tax" on goods, including cars and trucks, exported to the U.S....

February 24, 2017
2017 NADA workforce study open
The annual study provides one-of-a-kind analysis of dealership pay plans, benefit packages and more.

February 20, 2017
January 2017 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

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