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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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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

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

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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. 2021 will mark the 113th 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

June 11, 2021
Pro-dealer legislation awaits governor's signature
At least three bills of interest to dealerships passed the Illinois General Assembly before legislators adjourned their spring session on June 1. But...

June 11, 2021
Auto shows still 'the quintessential opportunity to contrast, compare different' vehicles, NADA says
"Bringing auto shows back for our industry is a big deal, and consumers are absolutely ready," Auto Shows of North America Chairwoman Jenn Jackson...

June 11, 2021
40% of shoppers willing to pay 12% premium over MSRP for next new car
Given that the average new-car MSRP in the U.S. is almost $42,000, that means four in 10 people would accept a price that's $5,000 more than what the...

June 11, 2021
Used-vehicle prices continue upward climb
Average wholesale used-vehicle prices cracked the $14,000 mark for the first time ever in April and then proceeded to set new highs above $15,000 in...

June 11, 2021
Auto, student loans fuel rise in consumer borrowing, Fed reports
Fueled by a big rise in auto and student loans, U.S. consumer borrowing rose by $18.6 billion in April, the Federal Reserve reported June 7.

June 11, 2021
Dealers vital part of EV presale education, engagement
Despite all of the hype behind more affordable electric vehicles, the majority of consumers still haven’t even been in an EV.

June 11, 2021
The sad, lazy myth of the 'Middleman'
If factories own their own stores, the narrative goes, there will be no "middleman," thus reducing costs, and the savings will get passed along to...

May 28, 2021
2 bills important to dealers, their technicians nearing General Assembly passage, but session deadline looms
One bill would change how manufacturer pay is calculated on warranty work. Another would eliminate the $10,000 limit on the trade-in credit allowance.

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