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Golf-Outing-ImageCATA’s Member Golf Outing Returns

Let’s get back into the "swing" of things! The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) is excited to bring back its member golf outing this summer. Please join the CATA for a fun-filled day on the course, Tuesday, June 14, at Cog Hill in Lemont.

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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

See how the CATA has been helping Chicago's New-Car Dealers since 1904.

Important Dates

CATA Member Golf Outing
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Let’s get back into the “swing” of things! The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) is excited to bring back its member golf outing this...

USO BBQ for the Troops Media Kickoff
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The CATA will host a USO BBQ for the Troops Media Kickoff Event at CATA HQ.

USO BBQ for the Troops
Saturday, July 16, 2022

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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.

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CATA Allied Member Dealer Support & Programs

Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one 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. 2022 will mark the 114th 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 nearly than $3 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

May 27, 2022
In Memoriam – Erwin Weil
Born December 5, 1932 and raised in Chicago, Illinois Erwin M. Weil passed away May 17, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. For more than 50 years he bought,...

May 27, 2022
Chicago New- and Used Vehicle Registrations Continue Downward Trend
New retail light vehicle registrations in the Chicago Area declined 21.7% during the first four months of this year versus year earlier. U.S. market...

May 27, 2022
CATA Revs Up Communications and Marketing Efforts with Staff Addition
Keeping pace with trends in the ever-changing traditional and social media landscape, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, producer of the...

May 27, 2022
NADA Offers Fair Credit Guidelines for Dealers
The NADA Legal and Regulatory Affairs department is offering a comprehensive program designed to strengthen a dealer's ability to comply with fair...

May 27, 2022
Be Aware of Website Pop-ups
In the course of handling dealer advertising issues, the Better Business Bureau is increasingly seeing the use of pop-up coupons offering amounts off...

May 13, 2022
U.S. car dealers seeking LIFO tax relief gain more support with Senate bill
According to an Automotive News article, U.S. dealerships facing a significant tax burden this year triggered by global supply chain disruptions and...

May 13, 2022
Claiming Employee Retention Tax Credit
Many of you have heard of the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) and want to know if the program is still active and, if yes, what can be done to...

May 13, 2022
Registration Management Professional (RMP) Tax, Titling & Registration Seminar
CATA is hosting RMP’s Tax, Titling & Registration Seminar consisting of the most current and accurate SOS (Secretary of State) and DOR (Department of...

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