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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
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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

2017 Chicago Auto Show
Saturday, February 11, 2017

2017 Chicago Auto Show
Feb. 11-20
McCormick Place, Chicago IL

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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

September 23, 2016
Buyers with good credit turning to used vehicles
Consumers with the highest credit scores might be turning to used vehicles because new-vehicle prices have surged to new highs.

September 23, 2016
Social media use during new-car shopping process increases: study
Consumers who use the internet during their new-vehicle shopping process are increasingly turning to social media websites as a source of information,...

September 23, 2016
Women in majority as car buyers, but not as dealership employees
Although women comprise the car-buying majority, they are in the car-selling minority.​

September 23, 2016
CATA donates $10K to Louisiana flood victims, encourages other donations
The money will help victims of the extensive flooding this summer in the Pelican State.

September 23, 2016
Approved partner ANSI offers dealers discount on window cleaning
The company is offering CATA dealer members a 15 percent discount off its regular pricing.

September 23, 2016
Feds preview rules for self-driving cars
One self-driving technology expert said the overall tenor of the guidance signaled that the federal government truly has embraced autonomous driving.

September 23, 2016
Survey: OLder drivers want car technology to stay behind the wheel
Some drivers age 50-plus would be more willing to drive in certain situations if the car they drove had particular technologies.​

September 23, 2016
Telemarketer fees to rise slightly in FY 2017 for Do Not Call Registry
Telemarketers will pay $61 for access to Registry phone numbers in a single area code, an increase of $1 from FY 2016.

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