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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, October 23, 2014

The 5 Key Habits of Super Star Controllers & Office Managers

CATA seminar: How your environment impacts bottom line
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Discover the touch points and analytics that drive industry leaders, with representatives of a Chicago-based global design firm.

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Back Office Consolidation for Multi-Location Dealer Groups

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, November 06, 2014

Mix the IRS with Seldom-Enforced DOL Reporting Requirements . . . then Add in Obamacare . . . More Enforcement Concerns for Auto Dealers

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, November 13, 2014

New IRS Tax Policies and Applications Help Defray Image Program Construction Expenses​

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Getting All Auto Group Parts Mgrs of All OEMs on a Common Reporting System . . . It's Not Rocket Science

CATA seminar: Leasing 101 (encore)
Friday, November 21, 2014

A free, half-day seminar to sharpen your lease penetration skills in time for the lease taxation change coming Jan. 1, 2015.​

DealersEdge Webinar
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Internet Ups: Guiding the Prospect from Email to Phone to Showroom

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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_2015-125-100Chicago 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. 2015 will mark the 107th edition of the show.
Since 1935, the CATA has had the honor of presenting the the Chicago show. Over the years it has grown with the city moving from the Colisium to the International Amphitheatre to the original McCormick Place and then to the current McCormick Place. Today, the show occupies two exibition halls with more than 1 million square feet of exibition 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 $2.5 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

October 10, 2014
BBB/CATA ad review program tightened to lessen violations
Changes include a reduction of time offending dealers have to correct a violation of the regs, and a smaller allowance of violations a dealer can...

October 10, 2014
Urge Congress to rescind flawed CFPB 'guidance' on auto finance
Monthly column by Chicago Metro NADA Director Mark Scarpelli.

October 10, 2014
Study: Women more comfortable with negotiating than men
According to the survey results from, women are "warming" up to the negotiation process -- more so than men.​

October 10, 2014
Despite driver resistance, more cars getting stop-start systems
Long popular in Europe, the systems have not been a hit so far in the United States.​

October 10, 2014
Sedgwick deflects Q3 2014 jobless claims
The company's efforts helped 147 area dealers save a combined $846,187 by contesting 547 unemployment claims filed against the dealers.

September 26, 2014
USO of Illinois to honor CATA
The dealer association will receive the USO Salute to Leadership award on Oct. 25 for its continued dedication and support of the U.S. Armed Services.

September 26, 2014
American elections, dealer responsibility
It's not enough to vote every other year; we have to get involved, ... we have to demand a stronger performance from Congress, AIADA Chairman Larry...

September 26, 2014
OSHA repeals dealer recordkeeping exemptions
Some businesses had been exempt from keeping a workplace injury and illness log, including one for car dealers dating back to the 1980s.

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