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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

Digital Dealer Workshop
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Get special member pricing for the eight-hour workshop in Oak Brook, and learn to use the Internet to sell and service more vehicles.

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, July 09, 2015

The Auto Controller WOW Factor... 5 Sure-Fire Ways to Create Quick Store-Wide Improvements​

DealersEdge Webinar
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Which Gov't Agencies are Targeting Auto Dealers... and How to Reduce Your Exposure ​

CATA seminar: Discrimination, Retaliation and the EEOC
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

At a free presentation, learn how to avoid issues with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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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 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 $2.6 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

July 03, 2015
Auto sales set for big second half
Some forecasters see this year and next combining for sales of more than 34 million new vehicles, the strongest two-year period of auto sales since...

July 03, 2015
Chicago's minimum wage raised to $10/hour
The raise also applies to sales representatives --salespeople are exempt from overtime pay requirements but not from minimum wage requirements.

July 03, 2015
Auto loans near record numbers
Despite the higher payments, the percentage of loans in delinquency or ending in default actually dropped in the last year.​

July 03, 2015
CPA firm develops Illinois sales tax checklist for dealerships
Many of the issues in the checklist have been subject to audit assessment and areas of focus by Illinois Revenue Department auditors.

July 03, 2015
Car buyers stay loyal to brands
More than half of the buyers of a new vehicle in this year's first three months replaced their old vehicle with another car of the same make.

July 03, 2015
Congratulations! (July 6, 2015)
Manufacturers fete area dealers.

June 19, 2015
McGrath elected CATA chairman for board's 2015-2016 term
McGrath's 14 fellow directors voted for him to lead the board for the next 12 months.​

June 19, 2015
2 newcomers among 5 dealers elected to CATA board of directors in 2015 balloting
The five dealers won election to three-year terms on the board.

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