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Jun 24, 2022 01:00 PM
Jerry Haggerty, Haggerty Chevrolet, Haggerty Ford and Haggerty Buick-GMC, and Emir Abinion, Fox Lake Buick-GMC and Fox Lake VW, were elected to the CATA Board of Directors just prior to the CATA’s Annual Meeting and Golf Outing on June 14.
Jun 24, 2022 01:00 PM
Though still somewhat murky in execution, the State of Illinois has further clarified it’s $4,000 EV rebate program. Part of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Pritzker on Sept. 15, 2021, the Electric Vehicle Rebate program begins in earnest on July 1, 2022.
Jun 24, 2022 01:00 PM
On a particularly hot and steamy June 14, the CATA hosted its annual meeting and golf outing at Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont, Illinois. Due to the COVID pandemic, this was the first time this event was held since 2019.
Jun 24, 2022 01:00 PM
On Wednesday, June 22 the CATA hosted a media kick-off designed to drum up media support for the upcoming BBQ for the Troops dealer events. More than a dozen dealers brought vehicles to CATA headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, and were joined by several restored military vehicles and representatives from the USO Illinois signifying the official beginning of the marketing campaign for the event.
Jun 24, 2022 01:00 PM
Terry D’Arcy, 2005-06 CATA Chairman and dealer principal at D’Arcy Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in Morris, D’Arcy Hyundai and D’Arcy Buick GMC in Joliet, has announced plans to run for mayor of Joliet next spring.
Jun 24, 2022 01:00 PM
Information provided in the latest Chicago Auto Outlook, showed new retail light vehicle registrations in the Chicago Area declined 23% during the first five months of this year versus year earlier.
Jun 24, 2022 01:00 PM
Mike Cook, 1997-98 CATA Chairman and 1999 Chicago Auto Show Chairman passed away this week.
Jun 10, 2022 01:00 PM
On Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, Brilliance Subaru of Elgin hosted a massive pet adoption event. More than 650 people attended and more than 150 animals were adopted.
Jun 10, 2022 01:00 PM
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) presented the 2022 Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship to John Hersey High School graduating senior Grace Listopad.
May 27, 2022 12:00 PM
In the course of handling dealer advertising issues, the Better Business Bureau is increasingly seeing the use of pop-up coupons offering amounts off prices for those consumers who use the pop-up coupons. Most often there is a stated dollar amount off the price and the consumer must present the pop-up at the dealership. Sometimes, there is a “special discount” where the amount is not named. The offer cannot be combined with other incentives.
May 27, 2022 12:00 PM
The NADA Legal and Regulatory Affairs department is offering a comprehensive program designed to strengthen a dealer's ability to comply with fair credit laws while preserving the competitive benefits of dealer-assisted financing.
May 27, 2022 12:00 PM
Keeping pace with trends in the ever-changing traditional and social media landscape, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, producer of the Chicago Auto Show, announces a new communications and marketing team hire, Hayley Feichter, designed to further grow the association's and auto show's marketing reach.
May 27, 2022 12:00 PM
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 fell by an estimated 16.6%. The seasonally adjusted rate of registrations during March and April was 303,301, down slightly from the annual total last year.
May 27, 2022 12:00 PM
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, sold, and traded automobiles in the Greater Chicago area. He was the owner of Weil Oldsmobile which would later become Weil Cadillac-Hummer in Libertyville. His slogan, "a beautiful place in the country" was an iconic local catch-phrase.
May 13, 2022 12:00 PM
Nomination Ballots for the CATA’s representative on the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Board of Directors are being mailed today.
May 13, 2022 12:00 PM
John Eggert of Hardt, Stern, and Kayne has called attention to a amendment to the Illinois Motor Vehicle Retail Installment Sales Act dealing with predatory lending that is scheduled to become effective on August 1, 2022.
May 13, 2022 12:00 PM
On May 3 a group of senior-year automotive shop class students from High School District 228 visited three dealerships for the purpose of potentially gaining employment. These students have demonstrated mechanical aptitude and are great candidates to enter a career path in the automotive industry.
May 13, 2022 12:00 PM
CATA is hosting RMP’s Tax, Titling & Registration Seminar consisting of the most current and accurate SOS (Secretary of State) and DOR (Department of Revenue) processes.
May 13, 2022 12:00 PM
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 avail your business of this significant COVID-inspired relief program.
May 13, 2022 12:00 PM
According to an Automotive News article, U.S. dealerships facing a significant tax burden this year triggered by global supply chain disruptions and subsequent inventory shortages related to COVID-19 could be one step closer to getting relief.
Apr 29, 2022 12:00 PM
In light of the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, CATA dealerships are facing an increasing number of infections among dealership employees.
Apr 29, 2022 12:00 PM
The CATA received a call from a dealer member who reported a new fraud issue. This dealer received four separate calls from police that their dealer license plates were involved in various crimes.
Apr 29, 2022 12:00 PM
Effective January 1, 2022, the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/3-113(e), was amended to provide that the Secretary of State is authorized to issue a certificate of title in the name of the dealership to a licensed dealer under Chapter 5 for $20 if the surrendered certificate of title has no space to assign the certificate of title again.
Apr 29, 2022 12:00 PM
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.
Apr 15, 2022 12:00 PM
The Cook County Sheriff's office has developed a consent form for dealers and vehicle buyers that will allow law enforcement to access data location information for the described vehicle from the relevant car company if the car has been unlawfully taken and such information is available. Swift access to such information can help law enforcement recover the vehicle.
Apr 15, 2022 12:00 PM
This week’s vandalism at three dealerships in Schaumburg is a good reminder for dealers to share the details of the crimes they are experiencing so the CATA can keep other dealers informed about the latest tactics from thieves and other criminals. “Obviously, we shouldn’t the first call when you are dealing with this type of crime, but please let us know within the first 24 hours and we’ll share details with other dealers so they can be prepared,” says CATA President, Dave Sloan.
Apr 15, 2022 12:00 PM
The Federal Trade Commission's updated Safeguards Rule took effect last month. Dealerships and other financial institutions will need to comply with its major provisions by Dec. 9. The new rule addresses topics similar to the old version, but it removes some of the ambiguity of the original.
Apr 14, 2022 12:00 PM
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) today announced it has selected Vitu as its endorsed Electronic Registration and Title (ERT) partner for the association’s more than 400 franchised, new-car dealer members in the Chicagoland area. Vitu’s innovative ERT platform provides a best-in-class in-state and out-of-state titling and registration solution combined with its award-winning customer service.
Mar 31, 2022 01:00 PM
On Tuesday, March 29, the CATA hosted a seminar focusing on recent vehicle thefts at new-car dealerships.​
Mar 18, 2022 04:07 AM
The seminar will review what to do to prevent thefts and what to do if a dealership is stricken.
Mar 18, 2022 04:06 AM
Providing future EV buyers with the information to get them comfortable with their first EV purchase is crucial.
Mar 18, 2022 04:05 AM
Dealers must be in compliance with the updated rules by Dec. 9, 2022.
Mar 18, 2022 04:04 AM
What key things can can dealers do to stay ahead in 2022's next three quarters?
Mar 18, 2022 04:03 AM
"Unless you show up at the school and get involved, students won't know what great (career) opportunities we have," the ASE Foundation president said.
Mar 18, 2022 04:02 AM
Despite all the buy-sell activity, the number of stores buyers could visit has remained stable for the past decade.
Mar 18, 2022 04:01 AM
Mr. Mize operated three Des Plaines dealerships.
Mar 18, 2022 04:00 AM
Mr. McKeever was a Volkswagen dealer and a onetime member of the CATA Board of Directors.
Mar 04, 2022 05:08 AM
Jennifer Morand will lead the CATA in tandem with Dave Sloan for two years, at which time she will fully take the reins.
Mar 04, 2022 05:07 AM
The 2022 Chicago Auto Show completed a 10-day run in the midst of a global pandemic and vehicle inventory shortages.
Mar 04, 2022 05:06 AM
At a time still challenged by a pandemic, 17 charities shared more than $1.6 million raised by the 2022 Chicago Auto Show's benevolent event.
Mar 04, 2022 05:05 AM
Vehicle recalls soared in recent years, largely from airbag problems. So far in 2022, there have been just 111 total recalls by the NHTSA.
Mar 04, 2022 05:04 AM
Patrick Manzi, the NADA's chief economist, pulls the curtain back on the reasons for higher vehicle pricing.​
Mar 04, 2022 05:03 AM
The uptick in loan amounts comes from inventory shortages and also from consumers buying larger vehicles.​
Mar 04, 2022 05:02 AM
A donation was made from every car sold in October 2021 by the group's 13 franchises in northwest Indiana.​
Mar 04, 2022 05:01 AM
Dealership managers can meet hundreds of area high school & college auto service/mechanical and collision students.
Mar 04, 2022 05:00 AM
Mitsubishi Motors lauds area dealers.
Feb 04, 2022 05:05 AM
It's all systems go for the 114th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.
Feb 04, 2022 05:04 AM
Unprecedented inventory declines might leave some dealers vulnerable to LIFO recapture.
Feb 04, 2022 05:02 AM
Although adaptive driving beam lighting has been used widely in Europe and Asia for more than a decade, these smart headlights are illegal in the U.S. That will soon change.
Feb 04, 2022 05:01 AM
Early in-vehicle app versions often were clunky, leading many consumers to turn directly to their smartphones instead.
Feb 04, 2022 05:00 AM
Dealership managers can meet hundreds of Chicago area high school and college auto service/mechanical and collision students at the March 11 event.
Jan 21, 2022 05:06 AM
First Look for Charity is one of the special events on the winter schedules of Chicago socialites and car buffs.
Jan 21, 2022 05:05 AM
The packages were sent this month to all CATA members in good standing.
Jan 21, 2022 05:04 AM
The new requirements are effective Dec. 9, 2022, but they are not policies and procedures that can be implemented overnight.
Jan 21, 2022 05:03 AM
Conventional wisdom might suggest big dealership chains are the dominant users of artificial intelligence systems. But the survey results indicate it's not just the big dogs.
Jan 21, 2022 05:02 AM
Americans might view Norwegians as environmental die-hards. But Norwegians started with much the same skepticism about EVs as Americans.
Jan 21, 2022 05:01 AM
Forty-seven percent of polled millennials are interested in buying an EV as their next vehicle. Gen Z followed at 41%, Gen X at 38% and baby boomers at 28%.
Jan 21, 2022 05:00 AM
Mr. Marks was president and owner of Libertyville Lincoln and president of Classic Toyota and Kia in Waukegan.
Jan 07, 2022 05:08 AM
In an unusual move, the court said it would move with exceptional speed on the two suits.
Jan 07, 2022 05:04 AM
The biggest factor driving the current consumer inflation, apart from energy, is used vehicles.
Jan 07, 2022 05:03 AM
Some automakers say they plan to capitalize on the inventory crunch to permanently shift to an order-based system.
Jan 07, 2022 05:02 AM
Two kinds of passes are available, General Admission tickets and Weekday Discount coupons.
Jan 07, 2022 05:01 AM
Adopted groups can obtain weekday admission tickets for $10 each. Regular admission is $15.
Jan 07, 2022 05:00 AM
Lots of technician training programs recruit ex-military trainees. What distinguishes the BMW program is that classes are offered directly on the U.S. military bases.
Dec 24, 2021 05:08 AM
OSHA announced that there would be no citations of companies regarding its testing requirements before Feb. 9.
Dec 24, 2021 05:07 AM
The high court has given the U.S. Labor Department until Dec. 30 to respond to several petitions for an emergency stay of OSHA's "vax or test" mandate.
Dec 24, 2021 05:06 AM
The vaccination rule ordered in November got swept up by confusion and uncertainty by legal battles, shifting deadlines and rising Covid case counts.
Dec 24, 2021 05:05 AM
Learn the key ingredients to successful digital retailing that ensures the right ROI while achieving a 30% close rate.
Dec 24, 2021 05:04 AM
Members of the CATA can obtain heavily discounted Chicago Auto Show admission tickets.
Dec 24, 2021 05:03 AM
The rate will rise each year on New Year's Day until 2025.
Dec 24, 2021 05:02 AM
Pandemic-driven supply chain issues and semiconductor shortages now will lead to sales of 15.2 million new cars in 2022.
Dec 24, 2021 05:01 AM
Some disregarded the millennial generation as not being interested in driving. Instead, it has become the largest generation of new-car buyers in the U.S.
Dec 24, 2021 05:00 AM
In the 12 months ending in October, the United States logged 3.09 trillion miles driven, which is at roughly the same rate as in 2015.
Dec 10, 2021 05:09 AM
The maximum amount that Illinois dealers can charge in 2022 for documentary preparation fees is $324.24, the Illinois attorney general’s office announced Dec. 10.
Dec 10, 2021 05:08 AM
The new Illinois law requires that the booked time allowances for the diagnosis and performance of warranty work be no less than what is charged to retail customers for the same work.
Dec 10, 2021 05:07 AM
Dynatron Software, a CATA approved member partner, will host a webinar at 11 a.m. Dec. 15 to review the new revenue opportunities stemming from OEM warranty legislation effective Jan. 1.
Dec 10, 2021 05:06 AM
The dealers understand the vital impact their businesses have on the communities they serve.
Dec 10, 2021 05:05 AM
The thresholds are adjusted annually based on increases in the consumer price index.
Dec 10, 2021 05:04 AM
Association members can get tickets for as little as $7 each. Regular admission is $15.
Dec 10, 2021 05:02 AM
Carjackings across the country this year are up by 43%.
Dec 10, 2021 05:01 AM
Auto loan delinquencies are down even though the size of the average auto loan has increased sharply in the past year.
Dec 10, 2021 05:00 AM
A sizable share of buyers don't use all the technology built into their vehicles.
Nov 26, 2021 05:07 AM
New vehicles are hard to find, but customer satisfaction with the purchase experience has held since last year.
Nov 26, 2021 05:06 AM
The rise of social media has blurred the line between authentic content and advertising, leading to an explosion in deceptive endorsements.
Nov 26, 2021 05:05 AM
The European business model has dealerships stocking low inventory and taking orders for vehicles that might take months to arrive. Could the U.S. adopt that model?
Nov 26, 2021 05:04 AM
With fewer vehicles than normal to sell, automakers and their dealers wonder about how much to advertise to encourage demand.
Nov 26, 2021 05:03 AM
Some year-end considerations for tax planning opportunities and tasks.
Nov 26, 2021 05:02 AM
The CATA wants to promote dealership goodwill.
Nov 26, 2021 05:01 AM
The fee is adjusted each Jan. 1 to reflect rises in the consumer price index.
Nov 26, 2021 05:00 AM
He was a partner of the six-franchise Muller Auto Group.
Nov 12, 2021 05:09 AM
The mandate would require businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure their staff have received the Covid shots required for full vaccination by Jan. 4.
Nov 12, 2021 05:08 AM
The amendments add new and expanded requirements that financial institutions, including dealerships, must satisfy.
Nov 12, 2021 05:07 AM
The October SAAR for new light vehicles totaled 13 million units, down 20.8% from October 2020 but up 6.3% from one month earlier.
Nov 12, 2021 05:06 AM
IF EV adoption is a goal for the manufacturer, then working with the dealer body is going to be a great way to actually get those vehicles sold.
Nov 12, 2021 05:05 AM
Pete Sander has been president of the Illinois Automobile Dealers Association since 1985 and an employee there since 1975.
Nov 12, 2021 05:04 AM
The presentation will review how to complete paperwork related to vehicle sales.
Nov 12, 2021 05:03 AM
The efforts of Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., saved 151 CATA dealer members a combined $4.8 million by contesting unwarranted claims for unemployment insurance.
Nov 12, 2021 05:02 AM
Customers who trade in a vehicle today but wait till 2022 to take delivery of the next will get full tax credit for their trade-in.
Nov 12, 2021 05:01 AM
The Carol Stream company is a 4th generation family-owned business serving the greater Chicago area since 1946.
Nov 12, 2021 05:00 AM
Mr. Bosak, 61, was CEO of the 12-franchise Bosak Auto Group in northwest Indiana.
Oct 29, 2021 05:16 PM
The legislation loosens the provisions passed three months ago on dealership reimbursements for repairs of vehicles under warranty.
Oct 29, 2021 04:05 AM
A 2021 survey found 34% of consumers prefer dealership service centers, a percentage point increase from 2018, and ahead of general repair shops.
Oct 29, 2021 04:04 AM
Predictions of more than 350 buy-sells in 2021 would far surpass the record of 289 last year.
Oct 29, 2021 04:03 AM
Generally speaking, credit access from banks, credit unions, and automaker captive finance arms is nearly back to pre-pandemic levels.
Oct 29, 2021 04:02 AM
Mike Alford, 57, currently is the NADA vice chairman.
Oct 29, 2021 04:01 AM
Carmakers are turning away from traditional materials that are hard to recycle, such as leather and plastics.​
Oct 29, 2021 04:00 AM
CATA members feted.
Oct 15, 2021 04:07 AM
Ray Chevrolet gave the vehicle to the family to accommodate Alex Hook's wheelchair and ease his entry to and exit from the vehicle.
Oct 15, 2021 04:06 AM
Two more vehicles were stolen this month from Highland Park dealerships, police for the city reported Oct. 11.
Oct 15, 2021 04:05 AM
Even with the semiconductor shortage, one trend apparent this year is the growing acceptance of electrified vehicles.
Oct 15, 2021 04:04 AM
The bill would give consumers a $4,500 tax credit incentive for buying a union-built electric vehicle, but not for EVs built by nonunion workers.
Oct 15, 2021 04:03 AM
A single Terra 360 charging station can feed electricity into four vehicles at once.
Oct 15, 2021 04:02 AM
Dynatron Software will host the Oct. 18 meeting.
Oct 15, 2021 04:01 AM
Average new-vehicle monthly loan repayments passed $600 during Q3 2021. For used vehicles, the average monthly payment now is $500.
Oct 15, 2021 04:00 AM
Woodward & Associates, a CPA firm, reviews the pros and cons of staying on the Last in, first out accounting method.
Oct 01, 2021 04:09 AM
Unionized technicians ended their longest strike since 1975 when they voted Sept. 26 to ratify a new four-year collective bargaining agreement. Work had stopped Aug. 1 when the previous pact expired.
Oct 01, 2021 04:08 AM
The defendants allegedly obtained high-value vehicles by defrauding dealerships and financial institutions using stolen and fraudulent identities.
Oct 01, 2021 04:07 AM
Nearly half of in-market shoppers said they would delay their vehicle purchase for the next several months due to the impacts of the global microchip shortage on the automotive industry.
Oct 01, 2021 04:05 AM
A shortage of semiconductor chips is just part of the problem. High prices and tight supplies are driving up prices and forcing automakers to curtail production.
Oct 01, 2021 04:04 AM
The SAAR was expected to drop to about 12.1 million vehicles, down about 1 million vehicles from August and about 4 million units from the sales rate set in September 2020.
Oct 01, 2021 04:03 AM
E-commerce might be the way for dealerships to increase sales to younger consumers.
Oct 01, 2021 04:02 AM
The campaign is trying to bring attention to the consequences of what it calls an unfair tax credit proposal.​
Oct 01, 2021 04:01 AM
Dealerships had access to tax credits to offset the cost of leave provided to their employees voluntarily.​
Oct 01, 2021 04:00 AM
A review of new legislation and its impact on manufacturer pay for time and parts used in servicing vehicles under warranty.
Sep 17, 2021 04:08 AM
The coordination will help the law enforcement agencies understand when they are dealing with isolated actors and when they are witnessing a pattern of organized crime.
Sep 17, 2021 04:07 AM
Under legislation that became law Sept. 15, Illinoisans will be eligible for $4,000 rebates on electric vehicles they buy beginning in July 2022.
Sep 17, 2021 04:06 AM
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is developing an emergency technical standard to implement the directive. It was not immediately clear when the rule would take effect.
Sep 17, 2021 04:05 AM
Several factors have combined to push car inventories low and prices to record highs throughout 2021. Some automakers plan to keep them there.
Sep 17, 2021 04:04 AM
The automotive sector led five other industries studied in a measure of which suffered the most supply chain disruptions during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sep 17, 2021 04:03 AM
Businesses, including dealerships, either are seeing massive increases in cyber insurance coverage at renewal or, worse, being denied coverage altogether.
Sep 17, 2021 04:02 AM
Following a recent spate of wet weather in parts of the country, thousands of flooded cars are expected to reach new buyers. A review of what to look for.
Sep 17, 2021 04:01 AM
With low inventories due to chip shortages, it's easy for dealers to focus on what they don't have. A better strategy embraces both the "here-and-now" and the future.
Sep 17, 2021 04:00 AM
The sodium-ion battery can have power packs that cost almost 30%-50% less than the cheapest electric car battery options currently available.
Sep 03, 2021 02:30 PM
The auto industry was particularly affected by a shortage of semiconductors, which caused several carmakers to cut production at some of their plants.
Sep 03, 2021 02:29 PM
Android Auto and Apple Car Play drew the most consumer criticism in the J.D. Power study.
Sep 03, 2021 02:28 PM
"We want to get as far out over our skis as we can, without crashing," Ohio dealer Rick Ricart said of the immense opportunity in sales of EVs and fleet vehicles.
Sep 03, 2021 02:26 PM
An exploration to sort through some of the core characteristics of the successful dealership of today -- and tomorrow.
Sep 03, 2021 02:24 PM
More U.S. workers (51%) now are employed by foreign automakers and suppliers than their domestic counterparts.​
Sep 03, 2021 02:22 PM
The outing is being coordinated by the Collision Repair Education Foundation.
Sep 03, 2021 02:22 PM
The event is March 10-13, 2022.
Sep 03, 2021 02:20 PM
Manufacturers fete area dealerships.
Aug 20, 2021 04:09 AM
Consumers welcomed the restoration of the full tax credit allowance and dealers hope it will mean fewer private sales and more transactions at dealerships.
Aug 20, 2021 04:08 AM
The average visit (show dwell time) was 6 hours 5 minutes -- the longest dwell time ever measured by Foresight Research.
Aug 20, 2021 04:07 AM
The executive order sets a target for electric vehicles, hydrogen-fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles to make up 50% of U.S. sales by 2030.
Aug 20, 2021 04:06 AM
The average annual cost for owning a new vehicle is now $9,666, or $805.50 a month, according to a study by AAA.
Aug 20, 2021 04:05 AM
The main reason 70% of car shoppers visit a dealership is for a test drive, so don't make it just a spin around the block; let them experience the vehicle.
Aug 20, 2021 04:04 AM
Even dealerships that have converted to LED lighting should consider the enhanced security benefit of ChaseLight.
Aug 20, 2021 04:03 AM
The smell of gasoline ranked as a more popular scent than wine and cheese.
Aug 20, 2021 04:02 AM
Area dealerships feted by J.D. Power.
Aug 20, 2021 04:01 AM
She worked for 20 years as the CATA's receptionist and meeting rooms coordinator.
Aug 20, 2021 04:00 AM
He operated a Chevrolet dealership in Grayslake for more than 50 years.
Aug 06, 2021 04:09 AM
In addition to establishing an equitable compensation scheme for warranty work, the new law prevents manufacturers from imposing cost recovery fees or surcharges to overcome its effect.
Aug 06, 2021 04:07 AM
Unionized technicians at 56 area dealerships represented by the New Car Dealers Committee voted Aug. 1 to strike rather than work towards a new four-year collective bargaining agreement.
Aug 06, 2021 04:06 AM
Held in the summer for the first time, the five-day Chicago Auto Show special edition entertained more than 100,000 attendees during its unprecedented run.
Aug 06, 2021 04:05 AM
Over eight years, area new-car dealers have raised nearly $1 million for the USO of Illinois.
Aug 06, 2021 04:04 AM
After his SUV broke down, Braxton Mayes was reduced to six-hour round trip walks from his Montgomery home to his job in Batavia.
Aug 06, 2021 04:03 AM
More used vehicles are winding up with large used-car aggregators.
Aug 06, 2021 04:02 AM
He opened his Ford dealership in Elgin in 1982.
Aug 06, 2021 04:01 AM
He opened a namesake new-car dealership in Crystal Lake 35 years ago.
Aug 06, 2021 04:00 AM
He ran four dealerships in his career, including Tom Peck Ford of Huntley.
Jul 09, 2021 04:04 AM
Cook County's use tax amounts to 1% of the transactional amount of goods purchased at retail and titled or registered at address within the county.
Jul 09, 2021 04:03 AM
The office on July 8 lifted its weeklong hold on paperwork submitted more than 18 days a vehicle’s sale.​
Jul 09, 2021 04:02 AM
In nine years, CATA dealerships have raised more than $950,000 for the USO of Illinois.
Jul 09, 2021 04:01 AM
There are some notable advantages for manufacturers to sell directly to consumers, but there are even bigger drawbacks.
Jul 09, 2021 04:00 AM
Just a few years ago, obituaries were being written for vehicles.
Jun 25, 2021 04:06 AM
With the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage, many consumers are traveling far and wide to get the car they desire.
Jun 25, 2021 04:05 AM
The 2021 show includes two indoor tracks, to more outdoors, and outdoor ride-and-drives by nine and maybe 10 brands.
Jun 25, 2021 04:04 AM
Dealers understandably may be "too" welcoming to their lots because, after all, they're trying to sell cars.
Jun 25, 2021 04:02 AM
But one U.S. senator said autonomous vehicles could help eliminate numerous deaths due to human error.​
Jun 25, 2021 04:01 AM
The electric-truck startup said the vehicle-purchase agreements it has with fleet-management companies don't represent binding purchase orders.
Jun 25, 2021 04:00 AM
Manufacturer recognizes Gerald Kia of Naperville.
Jun 11, 2021 04:26 AM
At least three bills of interest to dealerships passed the Illinois General Assembly before legislators adjourned their spring session on June 1. But it might be nearly Labor Day before Gov. J.B. Pritzker must sign or veto them.
Jun 11, 2021 04:25 AM
"Bringing auto shows back for our industry is a big deal, and consumers are absolutely ready," Auto Shows of North America Chairwoman Jenn Jackson said.
Jun 11, 2021 04:24 AM
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 sticker says.
Jun 11, 2021 04:23 AM
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 May.
Jun 11, 2021 04:22 AM
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.
Jun 11, 2021 04:21 AM
Despite all of the hype behind more affordable electric vehicles, the majority of consumers still haven’t even been in an EV.
Jun 11, 2021 04:20 AM
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 customers.
May 28, 2021 04:06 AM
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.
May 28, 2021 04:05 AM
Car consumers often begin their shopping journey online, but they don't want the journey to start from scratch when they visit a dealership.
May 28, 2021 04:04 AM
Electric vehicle parts and labor currently cost twice as much as other vehicles.
May 28, 2021 04:03 AM
The donation comes from the 12 franchised dealerships that comprise the Libertyville Mile of Cars.
May 28, 2021 04:02 AM
The scholarship honors Carol Cooling, a Hersey alumna and a long-time special events director at NBC 5 Chicago.
May 28, 2021 04:01 AM
The dealerships had claims for unemployment benefits protested and subsequently denied.
May 28, 2021 04:00 AM
Seeking position as a General Sales Manager/Finance Manager.
May 14, 2021 04:05 AM
Two bills of interest to dealerships stand on the precipice of passing through the Illinois General Assembly.​
May 14, 2021 04:04 AM
The show will be one of the first events to return to McCormick Place when it hosts an abbreviated five-day exposition.
May 14, 2021 04:03 AM
Some automakers in recent years have begrudged auto shows as a poor return on their investment, but an industry analyst said they are using the wrong measuring stick.
May 14, 2021 04:02 AM
The rule maintains workers' rights to the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
May 14, 2021 04:01 AM
Simple human error with business emails still is the biggest vulnerability in cybersecurity, and employee training still is the first line of defense.
May 14, 2021 04:00 AM
The study found that firsthand experience with EVs plays an important role in purchase consideration. Half the study's respondents had never been in an EV.
Apr 30, 2021 01:49 PM
One measure would redefine how manufacturers must compensate dealers for warranty work. The other would abolish the $10,000 limit on trade-in credit allowances.
Apr 30, 2021 01:00 PM
Major automakers and suppliers will appear before a U.S. Senate subcommittee May 4 to urge action to address production of "mature node" chips.
Apr 30, 2021 04:07 AM
Thieves have stolen more than 100 vehicles at nearby dealerships, nearly triple the number stolen in all of 2020.
Apr 30, 2021 04:06 AM
While consumers may love the features in new vehicles, hackers may love them even more.
Apr 30, 2021 04:04 AM
Demand for vehicles is up, but assembly plants are sitting idle because of a lack of semiconductor chips.​
Apr 30, 2021 04:02 AM
Digital automotive retailing is gaining traction, but the physical dealership still plays a vital role.​
Apr 30, 2021 04:01 AM
Auto suppliers say a quick shift to all-electric vehicles could cost thousands of jobs.
Apr 30, 2021 04:00 AM
Major auto lenders say their leasing average yields have surged since 2020.
Apr 16, 2021 02:21 PM
The webinar is 9:30-11 a.m. May 4.
Apr 16, 2021 04:07 AM
The legislation must clear the Illinois House by April 23 or it will have stalled for the session.
Apr 16, 2021 04:06 AM
The legislation passed the Illinois Senate on March 10 and awaits further consideration by the House.​
Apr 16, 2021 04:05 AM
The NADA now estimates new light-vehicle sales to reach 16.3 million units for 2021, up from the original forecast of 15.5 million units.
Apr 16, 2021 04:04 AM
Employees paid on commission basis must earn at least the federal minimum wage per hour of work completed.​
Apr 16, 2021 04:03 AM
The average monthly loan payment for a new car is approaching $600.
Apr 16, 2021 04:02 AM
Completing work right the first time and focusing on customers' needs play an important role in satisfaction.​
Apr 16, 2021 04:01 AM
ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) has become a priority for the industry, Makoto Uchida said April 13.
Apr 16, 2021 04:00 AM
Registration is free for the April 21 and 28 presentations.
Apr 02, 2021 04:09 AM
The new law is modeled on the Military Lending Act but extends the limit to all consumer loans.
Apr 02, 2021 04:08 AM
The legislation would expand upon how vehicle manufacturers are required to compensate dealers for labor and parts associated with warranty work.
Apr 02, 2021 04:07 AM
State law requires new-vehicle sales to be conducted by licensed franchised dealers, not directly by manufacturers.
Apr 02, 2021 04:06 AM
The transactions are on pace to exceed the record activity set in 2020.
Apr 02, 2021 04:05 AM
The efforts could make the difference in how a lawmaker views small businesses in their districts.
Apr 02, 2021 04:04 AM
The paperwork displayed supplies that could be ordered, but they just as easily resembled invoices that needed to be paid.
Apr 02, 2021 04:03 AM
Dealers are trying to adjust to expanded electric-vehicle offerings but remain unsure whether and how fast customers will actually make the switch.
Apr 02, 2021 04:02 AM
Applications for the scholarships, which award students up to $10,000, will be accepted until April 30.​
Apr 02, 2021 04:01 AM
Manufacturers honor area dealerships.
Apr 02, 2021 04:00 AM
Mr. Kraus operated Chicago's Grand Spaulding Dodge in the city's Humboldt Park neighborhood.
Mar 19, 2021 04:06 AM
Legislation to repeal the $10,000 cap on the value of traded-in vehicles passed out of the Illinois Senate on March 10. The House will consider it this spring.
Mar 19, 2021 04:05 AM
The legislation would increase the booked time of repairs of vehicles under manufacturer warranty.
Mar 19, 2021 04:04 AM
Several new-vehicle manufacturers, including Rivian and Lucid, have announced plans to begin building and selling motor vehicles directly to the Illinois public later this year.
Mar 19, 2021 04:02 AM
Paul Walser, the 2021 NADA chairman, challenges his fellow dealers to look at all aspects of their businesses through the lens of the customer.
Mar 19, 2021 04:01 AM
Women hold 19% of jobs at U.S. dealerships, a figure that continues to increase, albeit slowly.
Mar 19, 2021 04:00 AM
A St. Louis area dealer is installing charging stations, upgrading service bays and retraining staff to handle the technology-packed wave of electric vehicles. Yet he still thinks about how many plug-in Chevy Bolts he sold last year: nine.
Mar 05, 2021 05:07 AM
Illinois legislators introduced legislation to eliminate the trade-in allowance cap that took effect in 2020, plus a bill to address manufacturer compensation for warranty work.
Mar 05, 2021 05:06 AM
Police described the man as "not the big guy" but instead someone who answered to a kingpin who offered the man a chance to make some money by taking delivery of vehicles.
Mar 05, 2021 05:05 AM
Des Plaines police said four thieves beat a vehicle delivery driver early Feb. 25, then stole three cars. It was all caught on video.
Mar 05, 2021 05:04 AM
Dealership service and parts operations are expected to recover in the second half of 2021, as consumers begin to drive more in the wake of the pandemic.
Mar 05, 2021 05:03 AM
"If we want to improve, ... if we want to have a sustainable shield against the disruptions of the world, we need to start looking at things differently," said 2021 NADA Chairman Paul Walser.
Mar 05, 2021 05:02 AM
Home delivery of purchased or serviced vehicles has been around for 20 years, but not as a regular offering.​
Mar 05, 2021 05:01 AM
The late dealer was named Feb. 18 as the 2021 recipient of the AIADA's David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mar 05, 2021 05:00 AM
The Cox Automotive study suggests the automobile buying process improved during the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic downturn.
Feb 19, 2021 05:11 AM
For many dealers, the change has resulted in becoming their No. 1 referral site.
Feb 19, 2021 05:10 AM
The practice is drawing the attention of the Better Business Bureau and the Illinois attorney general's office.
Feb 19, 2021 05:08 AM
Eligible employers can claim a variety of credits on their federal employment tax returns.
Feb 19, 2021 05:06 AM
The final rule takes effect March 8, 2021.
Feb 19, 2021 05:05 AM
Industry executives predict strong consumer demand and a return of commercial fleet sales.
Feb 19, 2021 05:04 AM
The NADA's annual study is open until April 15.
Feb 19, 2021 05:03 AM
"No playbook was ever written for the challenges we faced in 2020," said Rhett Ricart.
Feb 19, 2021 05:02 AM
Kentucky dealer Steve Gates is the 2021 chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association.​
Feb 19, 2021 05:01 AM
The Mach-E brings a host of firsts to the Mustang, including the first battery-electric powertrain.
Feb 19, 2021 05:00 AM
Twenty-eight area dealers are winners of DealerRater's 2021 Dealer of the Year Award.
Feb 05, 2021 04:06 PM
Dealers are urged to urge Gov. J.B. Pritzker's office and call for the legislation to be vetoed.
Feb 05, 2021 05:05 AM
Dealers are putting into practice in their fixed operations a variety of lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic, panelists at a recent presentation said.
Feb 05, 2021 05:04 AM
A look at how COVID has impacted consumers and whether their habits have been changed when it comes to the process of selecting, buying and paying for new vehicles.
Feb 05, 2021 05:03 AM
The extended employee retention credit is designed to make it easier for businesses that choose to keep their employees on the payroll.
Feb 05, 2021 05:02 AM
The guidance is not a standard or regulation and thus creates no new legal compliance obligations.
Feb 05, 2021 05:01 AM
The roughly 650,000 vehicles in the fleet would be replaced with electric models, as the new administration shifts its focus toward clean-energy.
Feb 05, 2021 05:00 AM
John McElroy, producer of the television program, "Autoline Detroit," argues that electric vehicles face a major developmental challenge: They don't like winter weather.
Jan 22, 2021 05:07 AM
The 101st session of the General Assembly expired before the House could act on Senate Bill 2481.
Jan 22, 2021 05:06 AM
NADA Show 2021 registrants won't be able to convene in-person in New Orleans Feb. 9-11, but the auto industry's "event of the year" will still go on -- offering all the benefits the event has to offer.​
Jan 22, 2021 05:05 AM
Hudson Cook attorney Eric L. Johnson offers a forecast of what changes will come under the new administration.​
Jan 22, 2021 05:04 AM
Consumer anxieties about electric vehicles might be narrowing to familiarity and affordability, according to a new report from Deloitte.
Jan 22, 2021 05:03 AM
The foundation was created by Mark and Karen Bajenski after their son, Stevie, died tragically at age 17.
Jan 22, 2021 05:02 AM
While fans of various sports have christened one player or another as each sport's Greatest Of All Time, auto shows are the GOAT of auto marketing.
Jan 22, 2021 05:01 AM
Automakers fete area dealerships.
Jan 22, 2021 05:00 AM
Mr. Sloan, an award-winning automobile industry executive before becoming a decorated public relations professor, was the father of CATA President David Sloan.
Jan 08, 2021 05:05 AM
Low interest rates should continue to work in the favor of buyers and lessees throughout the year.
Jan 08, 2021 05:04 AM
To embrace 2021 car sales opportunities, dealers need to ensure their sales team and process are nimble and ready to adapt.
Jan 08, 2021 05:02 AM
The U.S. Department of Transportation hazard class ORM-D (Other Regulated Material) expired Dec. 31, 2020.
Jan 08, 2021 05:01 AM
A woman caring for her grandchildren now the owner of a new car, thanks to Chevrolet of Homewood's sixth annual car giveaway contest.
Jan 08, 2021 05:00 AM
He founded Arlington Heights Ford in 1984.
Dec 23, 2020 05:59 AM
The minimum wage for Illinois workers moves to $11 an hour in 2021, up from the current $10.
Dec 23, 2020 05:58 AM
The dealership buy/sell market is on track in 2020 to surpass record transaction numbers established in 2015.
Dec 23, 2020 05:55 AM
The Torch Award is the highest honor the BBB can give to a business.
Dec 23, 2020 05:52 AM
Tom Sondag, principal of Castle Honda, ponied up for 1,000 corned beef sandwich kits from a Chicago delicatessen.
Dec 23, 2020 05:51 AM
Most vehicle buyers say COVID-19 affected their buying process in ways they didn't expect. But as a result, many were more satisfied.
Dec 23, 2020 05:50 AM
Even a relatively small dealership probably spends money in about 100 different supplier categories. Centralizing procurement at a dealership typically saves about 25% on those costs.
Dec 23, 2020 05:49 AM
Dealers need to make sure customers have ready access to fuel economy information for current model year vehicles.
Dec 11, 2020 05:08 AM
The new maximum fee cannot be charged before Jan. 1.
Dec 11, 2020 05:07 AM
The dues were last raised nearly 20 years ago.
Dec 11, 2020 05:06 AM
All Illinois employees must be certified annually to having received the training.
Dec 11, 2020 05:05 AM
Proactive companies are incorporating testing into a workplace COVID-19 preparedness, response, and control plan.
Dec 11, 2020 05:04 AM
Peter Welch, the NADA president and CEO, recounts the dealer association's Summer 2020 Dealer Attitude Survey.
Dec 11, 2020 05:03 AM
The full-year sales forecast is 15.5 million for 2021 U.S. new light vehicles.
Dec 11, 2020 05:02 AM
Model year 2011 vehicles now won't be exempt from odometer disclosure requirements until Jan. 1, 2031.​
Dec 11, 2020 05:01 AM
The notice is required for transactions involving more than $10,000 in cash and "cash equivalents."
Dec 11, 2020 05:00 AM
Mr. Muller was president of Muller Acura of Merrillville.
Nov 27, 2020 05:08 AM
A nationwide crime trend shows car thieves can steal vehicles in a matter of minutes by electronically copying vehicle key fobs.
Nov 27, 2020 05:06 AM
This year's automotive factory shutdowns left dealerships with fewer offerings on their lots. That's a good thing, many industry experts contend.
Nov 27, 2020 05:05 AM
The exemption thresholds for Regulation M and Z for exempt consumer credit and lease transactions will remain $58,300 effective Jan. 1.
Nov 27, 2020 05:04 AM
Rhett Ricart, the 2020 NADA chairman, calls automaker demands for expensive, lookalike facilities "mausoleum mandates."
Nov 27, 2020 05:03 AM
Antioch-based Raymond Auto Group covered $20,000 towards a new cargo van to Open Arms Mission, a local food pantry.
Nov 27, 2020 05:02 AM
The Illinois attorney general's office is expected to announce Dec. 10 the maximum documentary service fee that can be charged in 2021.
Nov 27, 2020 05:01 AM
MichaelSilver, a CPA firm in Deerfield, assembled a list to consider of dealership tax planning opportunities and year-end tasks.
Nov 27, 2020 05:00 AM
Mr. Drabek 78, was principal of Gateway Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Kia in Chicago from 1987 to 2008.
Nov 13, 2020 05:19 AM
The CATA and others had hoped to use the veto session to roll back the $10,000 limit on the tax credit available on traded-in First Division vehicles. The cap took effect this year.
Nov 13, 2020 05:18 AM
After wrapping month-long fundraising campaigns in October, the area's new-car dealers delivered $53,801 to the USO of Illinois.
Nov 13, 2020 05:17 AM
The Illinois attorney general's office sued a suburban Dodge dealer for allegedly violating advertising regulations relating to sales events, trade-in values, discount substantiation, and more.
Nov 13, 2020 05:16 AM
The Better Business Bureau reminds dealers about the Illinois advertising rules that prohibit dealers from touting free gifts and offers.
Nov 13, 2020 05:15 AM
Joe Biden's victory likely will usher in a new era of consumer protection and compliance challenges for auto dealers.
Nov 13, 2020 05:14 AM
By a 3-to-1 margin, voters in the Bay State on Nov. 3 approved a ballot question to expand the state's Right to Repair law.
Nov 13, 2020 05:13 AM
The webinar, hosted by CVR, is 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Nov. 19.
Nov 13, 2020 05:12 AM
Manufacturers fete area dealers; locals graduate from NADA Academy.
Oct 30, 2020 04:06 AM
Police went to a dealership to check whether the employees were wearing masks. They were. But even if they weren't it's not the workers who would have faced fines.
Oct 30, 2020 04:05 AM
Overcoming a pandemic, about 60 area new-car dealers raised more than $30,000 for the USO of Illinois.​
Oct 30, 2020 04:04 AM
All workers who want to vote Nov. 3 must give advance notice, then be granted up to two unpaid hours off. Proof of voting can be requested.
Oct 30, 2020 04:03 AM
Through 2020's first three quarters, new light-vehicle sales were down 19% relative to the same time period in 2019.
Oct 30, 2020 04:02 AM
Consumer interest in online car buying jumped from 19% in April to 39% in June, according to a survey by CarGurus. The company's founder predicts the figure to level off at 20%.
Oct 30, 2020 04:01 AM
New resources help dealers better identify consumers who are likely to be ready to take on new financing for an auto loan or lease.
Oct 30, 2020 04:00 AM
Mike Stanton becomes NADA president Jan. 1, upon the retirement of Peter Welch, who has held the post since 2013.
Oct 16, 2020 04:29 AM
The presentations will review the new process to issue temporary registration permits, which debuts Nov. 4.
Oct 16, 2020 04:28 AM
Dealerships that use cloud-based video security can easily scale coverage to mitigate theft and resolve customer incidents.
Oct 16, 2020 04:27 AM
New problems surrounding safety belts produced by bankrupt auto supplier Takata could lead to millions of new recalls in the U.S.
Oct 16, 2020 04:26 AM
The Small Business Administration announced a simpler forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program loans of $50,000 or less.
Oct 16, 2020 04:25 AM
The village is paying for the certificates, $200 for residents and $100 for out-of-towners.
Oct 16, 2020 04:24 AM
NADA Show 2021 will be held Feb. 9-11 as an all-virtual event experience.
Oct 16, 2020 04:23 AM
Now that the NADA's Washington Conference has come and gone, dealer advocacy and grassroots work must continue.
Oct 16, 2020 04:21 AM
China's ability to stage a successful auto show is of great positive significance for boosting the morale of the global automobile industry.
Oct 16, 2020 04:20 AM
The governor's office labeled the elimination of gasoline-powered vehicles a "goal" and a "target."
Oct 02, 2020 04:19 AM
A survey found that dealers' digital advertising strategies have shifted from the beginning of the COVID-19 panic and so have their advertising strategy plans for the remainder of the year.
Oct 02, 2020 04:18 AM
The workshop will include discussions on truth in advertising, social media marketing, email marketing, data security basics, and practical tips on responding to a cyberattack.
Oct 02, 2020 04:17 AM
Although retail vehicle sales growth is expected to flatten during the final months of 2020, they still remain well above April's trough.
Oct 02, 2020 04:16 AM
The final regulations largely reflect the determinations Treasury made in the proposed regulations it released in September 2019.
Oct 02, 2020 04:15 AM
"A few years ago, the race was for five-year, even four-year cycles" one panelist said. Going forward, he foresees "seven to 10 years with midcycle updates."
Oct 02, 2020 04:14 AM
Inventory and sales fluctuations will pose some problems going into year-end tax planning scenarios that have been valuing inventory under the LIFO accounting method.
Oct 02, 2020 04:12 AM
It is the Better Business Bureau's most prestigious award. Nominations are due Oct. 9.
Oct 01, 2020 04:13 AM
The award is presented annually to a member of the international nameplate auto retail industry who embodies an unrivaled commitment to his/her dealership and employees, community, and family.
Sep 18, 2020 04:05 AM
Under the new system, Illinois dealerships will use paper stock issued by the secretary of state's office to print temporary registration permits and hand them to customers.
Sep 18, 2020 04:04 AM
Dealerships are encouraging the public to stop in on Saturday, Oct. 3, or at any time in October to make a donation to the USO of Illinois.
Sep 18, 2020 04:03 AM
Peter Welch, president of the NADA, said the pervasive belief that Millenials and Gen Z consumers would usher in the end of personal vehicle ownership, was unfounded.
Sep 18, 2020 04:02 AM
Jason Courter, a Washington dealer and the 2020 chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, offers words for his fellow dealers: "Nice job."
Sep 18, 2020 04:01 AM
CATA Approved member Partner Shartega IT reviews the steps needed to safeguard personal data kept at the dealership.
Sep 18, 2020 04:00 AM
He co-founded the Continental Motors Group in 1962 and expanded it to one of the nation's Top 120 dealership groups.
Sep 04, 2020 04:06 AM
In a year in which everything seems to be going wrong, it probably comes as little surprise that consumers are increasingly frustrated with the auto industry.
Sep 04, 2020 04:05 AM
Two separate studies showed that many people are increasingly using their cars to get away from the people they live with or just to feel normal again.
Sep 04, 2020 04:04 AM
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rolled out the free app for both Android and Apple phones on Aug. 27.
Sep 04, 2020 04:03 AM
Tight inventory across the industry contributed to an 11% drop in year-over-year sales of new vehicles.​
Sep 04, 2020 04:02 AM
The decision could increase automakers' fuel efficiency compliance costs substantially.
Sep 04, 2020 04:01 AM
He led one of the biggest family-owned auto groups in the nation.
Sep 04, 2020 04:00 AM
She was the wife of former dealer and CATA director Lee Drabek (Gateway Chevrolet-Oldsmobile, Chicago).​
Aug 21, 2020 04:06 AM
The dealership faces extensive civil penalties over the recent alleged practices.
Aug 21, 2020 04:05 AM
With the change, gets out of the way and sends visitors to dealers' websites, directly to the vehicle details pages.
Aug 21, 2020 04:04 AM
If even a fraction of the intended new entrants actually makes it into showrooms, American buyers soon will have more brands to choose from than at any time since World War II.
Aug 21, 2020 04:03 AM
The optimist that sales for the rest of 2020 would improve said a lack of new-vehicle inventory is the biggest factor holding back sales. The pessimist is worried about consumer willingness and ability to buy.
Aug 21, 2020 04:02 AM
Light-vehicle sales have been crippled by COVID-19 and likely won't exceed 15 million units annually over the next five years.
Aug 21, 2020 04:01 AM
After more than 36,000 people were killed in U.S. traffic accidents in 2019, government officials said they would audit oversight of U.S. vehicle safety standards.
Aug 21, 2020 04:00 AM
Mr. Bilek was the father of CATA staffer Mark Bilek.
Aug 07, 2020 04:08 AM
The association's media partners have stepped up during these trying times to help the CATA spread its messages. The outlets understand just how essential dealers are for the area market.
Aug 07, 2020 04:07 AM
The interest in dash cams was broad, covering essentially all buyer groups, no matter their age, the type of vehicle they were interested in, or how much they planned to spend.
Aug 07, 2020 04:06 AM
The July 2020 SAAR totaled 14.5 million units, a decline of 14.4% compared to July 2019.
Aug 07, 2020 04:04 AM
The resolution recommended "safe harbor" protection to dealers who faithfully adopt the fair credit program.​
Aug 07, 2020 04:03 AM
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy and the Children at the Crossroads Foundation were beneficiaries.
Aug 07, 2020 04:02 AM
He operated seven new-car franchises in Sandwich and Plano.
Aug 07, 2020 04:01 AM
He had a more than 50-year career in the automotive industry, beginning in the 1960s.
Aug 07, 2020 04:00 AM
The father of CATA staffer Sandi Potempa.
Jul 24, 2020 04:05 AM
One month after settling in for a new annual term, one officer's resignation has led to the elevation of Jason Roberts to become secretary on the CATA board of directors.
Jul 24, 2020 04:04 AM
The plan includes building 500,000 new EV charging stations across the country, to alleviate some of the range anxiety that continues to stunt EV adoption.
Jul 24, 2020 04:03 AM
With new-car manufacturing not back to pre-pandemic levels, dealers face a challenge: How to manage their new-car inventory when the margin for error in which units they order is getting smaller?
Jul 24, 2020 04:02 AM
On top of figuring out how to source and retail cars differently, dealers now are faced with rethinking the supply chain of how vehicles get to their lots.
Jul 24, 2020 04:01 AM
The Federal Trade Commission has six tips for businesses about making their use of cloud services safer -- both for the company and for the consumers who rely on it to safeguard their information.
Jul 24, 2020 04:00 AM
Area dealerships are feted.
Jul 13, 2020 02:56 PM
Unclaimed property -- for dealers, commonly uncollected final payroll checks and forgotten deposits on unconsummated deals -- must be reported annually for the Illinois treasurer's office.
Jul 13, 2020 02:39 PM
The annual Barbecue for the Troops, a CATA fundraiser normally held each July for the USO of Illinois, will be held this year on Oct. 3.
Jul 13, 2020 02:37 PM
Nominations for the 2021 Time Dealer of the Year award, which honors new-car dealers for their business acumen and community service, must be received by the CATA by Friday, July, 17.
Jul 13, 2020 02:32 PM
A drive to collect scrap auto parts and give them to college and high school collision repair programs is underway.
Jul 13, 2020 02:30 PM
Franchised dealerships added 80,200 jobs in May, an extremely encouraging sign for employment in U.S. automotive retail.
Jul 13, 2020 02:27 PM
Franchised dealers appear more optimistic about the future than do their counterpart independent operators who sell only used cars.
Jul 13, 2020 02:25 PM
Drivers with leases whose terms matured in the spring and got extensions are ready to deal.
Jul 13, 2020 02:22 PM
Manufacturers fete area dealerships.
Jun 26, 2020 04:05 AM
The proprietor of Brilliance Honda (Crystal Lake) and Brilliance Subaru (Elgin) leads a board of 15 directors.​
Jun 26, 2020 04:04 AM
Thanks to the federal Paycheck Protection Program, wages have remained intact for hundreds of thousands of dealership employees.
Jun 26, 2020 04:03 AM
All four regions of Illinois were on track to move on June 26 into Phase 4 of the state's coronavirus reopening plan, as the state continued to make significant progress in reducing new COVID-19 cases.​
Jun 26, 2020 04:02 AM
"The biggest takeaway in my mind is that if you can make your sales process more efficient, you can be leaner," said Michelle Denogean, chief marketing officer at Roadster.
Jun 26, 2020 04:01 AM
The minimum wage in Illinois increases to $10 on July 1, up from $9.25. The rate in Cook County increases July 1 to $13 an hour, up from $12; and Chicago increases to $14 an hour, up from $13.
Jun 26, 2020 04:00 AM
The J.D. Power study examined problems experienced by owners of new 2020 model-year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership.
Jun 12, 2020 04:10 AM
A new media campaigntouts the ability to visit Illinois dealership showrooms without an appointment and to receive free service for open safety recalls, no matter where a vehicle was purchased.
Jun 12, 2020 04:08 AM
"How do you pay your people if they are driving two hours to the home and two hours back to the dealership?" management consultant Tom Carney asked during a NADA webinar.
Jun 12, 2020 04:07 AM
Those buying new vehicles in the first quarter agreed to an average monthly loan payment of $569 -- an all-time high -- with the average amount borrowed hitting a record high of $33,739.
Jun 12, 2020 04:06 AM
"We know that we are the secret sauce for automakers to distribute and sell their products in the United States," the NADA chairman said.
Jun 12, 2020 04:05 AM
Overall, it may take until 2025 for the industry to get back to prior-peak sales volume, industry consultant AlixPartners LLP predicts.
Jun 12, 2020 04:03 AM
Recommended improvements include establishing a safe harbor to be in compliance with the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
Jun 12, 2020 04:02 AM
Completed ballots must be returned -- not merely postmarked -- by the NADA by July 3.
Jun 12, 2020 04:01 AM
Kathryn Costello won the 2020 Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship, named after a special events director at NBC 5 Chicago who died in 2013.
Jun 12, 2020 04:00 AM
A franchised dealer for 46 years, he opened Don McCue Chevrolet, in St. Charles, in 1980.
May 29, 2020 04:10 AM
Illinois on May 29 moved to Phase 3 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's five-phase Restore Illinois Plan.
May 29, 2020 04:09 AM
The state's General Assembly ended its spring legislation with lawmakers struggling to reach agreement on a budget that's been blown apart by the coronavirus-induced economic downturn.
May 29, 2020 04:08 AM
Voters will be asked to return four incumbent directors to the board.
May 29, 2020 04:07 AM
What's a dealer to do when the OEM is not offering any relief on floorplan expenses, one participant asked during a recent NADA webinar that considered best ideas from 20 Groups.
May 29, 2020 04:06 AM
Littler Mendelson, the CATA's labor relations counsel, continues to produce helpful information for dealers and other businesses navigate the current climate.
May 29, 2020 04:05 AM
Upwards of 500 golfers often are drawn to the annual event.
May 29, 2020 04:04 AM
Dealers across the country have been supporting their communities during this time with a myriad of philanthropic giving.
May 29, 2020 04:03 AM
Many customers no longer feel safe or comfortable entering or exiting businesses without the option of not having to grab a frequently touched surface such as a door handle.
May 29, 2020 04:02 AM
Preliminary figures suggest there have been far fewer fender benders and conventional accidents during the past two months, but the number of extreme, high-speed crashes appears to have skyrocketed.
May 29, 2020 04:01 AM
Manufacturers fete area dealers.
May 29, 2020 04:00 AM
Mr. Zimmeran was the principal of Schaumburg Lincoln-Mercury until 2012.
May 15, 2020 04:08 AM
The parking lots of dealerships from Elgin to Arlington Heights have been struck this month by thieves stealing wheels.
May 15, 2020 04:07 AM
Meanwhile, Edmunds noticed that the average rate for used-vehicle financing actually edged a tick higher year-over-year.
May 15, 2020 04:06 AM
"We're going to see individual vehicle usage rise as people more concerned with hygiene choose personal transportation," said Daniel Davenport of Capgemini, a consultancy service.
May 15, 2020 04:05 AM
Dealers who have received PPP loans don't need to be worried about defending their choices, 2020 AIADA Chairman Jason Courter said.
May 15, 2020 04:04 AM
Betting with the optimists on black (taking more inventory) versus red in the midst of a pandemic.
May 15, 2020 04:03 AM
Joe Neiman, a co-founder of ACV Auctions, a CATA Member Benefits Partner, said holding out for more money at auction is a fallacy.
May 15, 2020 04:02 AM
Some Mexican auto factories are due to open as soon as May 18, in line with large U.S. assembly plants for the Detroit automakers.
May 15, 2020 04:01 AM
The CATA’s labor relations attorneys this month updated its COVID-19 Response Kit to incorporate guidance in Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Executive Order that took effect May 1.
May 15, 2020 04:00 AM
It’s a remarkable turn of events for an industry that’s long been reliant on trucks as cash cows, but never to this degree.
May 01, 2020 04:10 AM
New-vehicle dealerships mostly are eligible borrowers under the program.
May 01, 2020 04:09 AM
Selden Fox, a CPA firm and a CATA allied member, created a set of PPP Forgiveness Planning worksheets to estimate a company's loan forgiveness and to track expenses incurred.
May 01, 2020 04:08 AM
The CATA board of directors voted in April to reduce the board's head count from 15 to 13 over a two-year period.
May 01, 2020 04:07 AM
"When the industry is threatened, it really pulls together," AIADA President Cody Lusk said April 28.​
May 01, 2020 04:06 AM
The CATA wants to highlight what dealers are doing to support their local communities, including first responders, charitable organizations and families, during this difficult time.
May 01, 2020 04:05 AM
The annual Barbecue for the Troops, a CATA fundraiser normally held each July for the USO of Illinois, will be delayed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
May 01, 2020 04:03 AM
Credit Acceptance Corporation, the lender to car buyers with subprime credit scores, warned in April that it is seeing a sharp drop-off in payments.
May 01, 2020 04:02 AM
The wholesale vehicle market effectively shut down from the economic effects of the COVID-19 virus and is only beginning to recover.
May 01, 2020 04:01 AM
"For dealers who aren't adopting digital sales, why wait?"
May 01, 2020 04:00 AM
Pick-up and delivery services are important to protect the health of dealership staff as well as customers, NADA Academy instructors Bob Atwood and Larry Hourcle said.
Apr 17, 2020 04:08 AM
During the current shelter-in-place rules, dealers are increasingly providing paperwork and delivering vehicles at customer's residences, often at the suggestion or urging of the manufacturers.
Apr 17, 2020 04:07 AM
Out-of-state companies often are only marginally knowledgeable of -- and poorly motivated to comply with -- Illinois laws.
Apr 17, 2020 04:06 AM
The Better Business Bureau, which works on behalf of dealers through the BBB/CATA advertising review program, has recently seen a few issues that are troublesome.
Apr 17, 2020 04:05 AM
Representatives of the CATA said the gift is just a natural extension of the good work the auto dealers do in their communities throughout the year.
Apr 17, 2020 04:04 AM
With so many businesses categorized as nonessential and thereby closed, there are fewer businesses for inspectors of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to inspect.
Apr 17, 2020 04:02 AM
Modern online shoppers expect e-commerce to cater to them -- not the other way around. Read what distinguishes the average dealer website from a complete digital storefront.
Apr 17, 2020 04:01 AM
An overview of several 401(k) provisions that have been created as part of the CARES Act.
Apr 17, 2020 04:00 AM
Automakers fete area dealerships.
Apr 03, 2020 04:09 AM
About 100 dealers representing more than 120 area new-car stores responded to the survey about their operations during the coronavirus crisis.
Apr 03, 2020 04:08 AM
Representatives of the U.S. Treasury urged those in need of funding to apply quickly, noting that the program has a cap and demand is likely to be high.
Apr 03, 2020 04:07 AM
Judy Mason, a CPA at MichaelSilver, offers answers to common questions surrounding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, enacted in March 2020.
Apr 03, 2020 04:04 AM
There are six types of dealer cash transactions. Only one of them is taxable.
Apr 03, 2020 04:02 AM
Congress already is eyeing a "phase four" legislative package to respond to the coronavirus pandemic amid continuing signs of economic devastation and widespread job loss.
Apr 03, 2020 04:01 AM
Participation in the 2020 Dealer Workforce Study, one of the automotive industry’s largest workforce studies, has been extended to May 1.
Apr 03, 2020 04:00 AM
William Koloseike, 92, was founder of the Bill Kay Auto Group
Mar 20, 2020 04:09 AM
Although dealers are competitors in the car business, we are all united in feeling that cooperation and information-sharing will help us get through this National Emergency.
Mar 20, 2020 04:07 AM
The law provides many workers at businesses with up to two weeks of paid emergency leave if they are being tested or treated for coronavirus or have been diagnosed with it.
Mar 20, 2020 04:06 AM
The new law provides many workers at businesses with up to two weeks of paid emergency leave if they are being tested or treated for coronavirus or have been diagnosed with it.
Mar 20, 2020 04:05 AM
The three similar symptoms: a whole-body malaise, with a fever, a dry cough and a noticeable shortness of breath.
Mar 20, 2020 04:04 AM
No hearings are scheduled in either the state Senate or House of Representatives through May 31, when the bodies ordinarily adjourn their spring sessions.
Mar 20, 2020 04:03 AM
The study examined auto defaults in five major metropolitan markets. Defaults fell in four markets; the fifth market was Chicago.
Mar 20, 2020 04:02 AM
The association was recognized at a BBB event March 5, 2020.
Mar 20, 2020 04:01 AM
Manufacturer fetes area dealers.
Mar 20, 2020 04:00 AM
Contact details for CATA staff.
Mar 06, 2020 05:06 AM
Next to getting a vaccine, which doesn't yet exist for the coronavirus, hand washing is the most important way to avoid contracting a respiratory virus like coronavirus or influenza.
Mar 06, 2020 05:05 AM
Some banks are "bunkering down" on credit and are likely to continue tightening standards throughout 2020.
Mar 06, 2020 05:04 AM
Peugeot Chief Executive Carlos Tavares said that electric cars lack broad appeal and that the challenge is to make zero emission vehicles affordable by 2025.
Mar 06, 2020 05:03 AM
Without access to the parts, many students learn on vehicles and parts that are at least a decade old, leaving them unprepared for a successful career after graduation.
Mar 06, 2020 05:02 AM
Automakers use 20 different names for adaptive cruise control, and there are 40 different names for automatic emergency braking.
Mar 06, 2020 05:01 AM
The next decade of autonomous-vehicle development will prove as unpredictable as the last.
Mar 06, 2020 05:00 AM
Forecasters expect to see light-truck sales continue to account for three-quarters of the market for the rest of 2020.
Feb 21, 2020 02:00 PM
A recap of the nation's largest and longest-running auto show.
Feb 21, 2020 01:59 PM
The Chicago Auto Show's black-tie gala, held the evening before the show's public opening, raised $2.9 million for 18 vital area nonprofits.
Feb 21, 2020 01:58 PM
The CATA is expanding the syllabus of course that teaches dealership managers how to detect whether employees are under the influence of drugs at work.
Feb 21, 2020 01:57 PM
Cody Thacker, head of electrification for Audi of America, identified four barriers to greater acceptance of electric vehicles: cost, range, charging availability, and apathy.
Feb 21, 2020 01:56 PM
"One dealer can accomplish some things," 2019 NADA Chairman Charlie Gilchrist said, "but many dealers together can accomplish anything."
Feb 21, 2020 01:55 PM
Trucks and SUVs now account for 71% of the new financed vehicle market compared with 68% a year earlier.​
Feb 21, 2020 01:54 PM
Candidates' No. 1 motivating factor is salary, but they also care about other things, such as the work environment and culture, opportunities for advancement, and more.
Feb 21, 2020 01:53 PM
Want someone to buy a vehicle from your lineup? Easy. Make sure their friends and family like your vehicles.​
Feb 21, 2020 01:52 PM
"MotorWeek," television's longest-running automotive magazine series, returned to the Chicago Auto Show to announce its 2020 award winners.
Feb 21, 2020 01:51 PM
Claims against dealerships for unemployment insurance deflected.
Jan 24, 2020 05:09 AM
Legislation has been filed in Springfield to replace the $10,000 trade-in allowance limit, which was enacted this month, and to open dealerships to Sunday sales.
Jan 24, 2020 05:08 AM
Because Indiana and Illinois are "non-reciprocal" in their treatment of sales tax, Indianans are subject to the current $10,000 trade-in tax credit. Residents of the other states that border Illinois are not.
Jan 24, 2020 05:07 AM
Auto shows provide an ideal opportunity for automakers to shake hands with customers and potential customers. As one industry official said, "It's fishing where the fish are."
Jan 24, 2020 05:06 AM
Forecasters say overall sales of used vehicles will drop slightly this year, even while sales by franchised and independent dealers would increase.
Jan 24, 2020 05:05 AM
Technicians taking certain ASE automobile certification tests have the option to see each question in a split-screen, Spanish/English option.
Jan 24, 2020 05:04 AM
The definition of premium is expanding beyond the vehicle to include features such as connectivity, the retail experience and how service is provided.
Jan 24, 2020 05:03 AM
New fuel efficiency rules would apply to model years 2021-2026.
Jan 24, 2020 05:02 AM
About 39% of all cars built globally are white.
Jan 24, 2020 05:01 AM
Van Dahm Lincoln-Mercury operated 1965-1997 in Oak Lawn.
Jan 24, 2020 05:00 AM
The biweekly newsletter pauses one edition, in deference to the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.
Jan 10, 2020 05:52 AM
Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, spirits, champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks, and get a 'first look' at the nation's largest auto show the evening before it opens its 10-day public run.
Jan 10, 2020 05:51 AM
All CATA members whose dues are up-to-date were sent packages containing materials to help them in 2020 as well as tickets to attend next month's Chicago Auto Show.
Jan 10, 2020 05:50 AM
Dealerships in need of any forms provided by the CATA should stock up this month before the association's office closes during the auto show.
Jan 10, 2020 05:49 AM
The average percentage rate on new financed vehicles averaged 5.4% in December compared to 5.5% in November and 5.9% in December 2018.
Jan 10, 2020 05:48 AM
What to do when a dealership is victimized by data hackers.
Jan 10, 2020 05:47 AM
Dealers have until April 15 to participate in the annual study.
Jan 10, 2020 05:46 AM
A semiannual snapshot of the new-car dealer head count in the eight counties in which the CATA has concerns.​
Dec 27, 2019 05:07 AM
The National Automobile Dealers Association forecasted that sales of new vehicles in 2020 will fail to reach 17 million units for the first time since 2014.
Dec 27, 2019 05:06 AM
Analysts are anticipating U.S. consumers to have another year of positive credit activity, marking one of the longest periods of sustained consumer credit health in recent decades.
Dec 27, 2019 05:05 AM
The statewide minimum wage in Illinois increases Jan. 1 to $9.25, up $1 from the current minimum.
Dec 27, 2019 05:04 AM
Slightly more U.S. automobile dealers (53%) view the current market as negative compared to the number who feel the current market is strong, a Cox Automotive study found.
Dec 27, 2019 05:03 AM
Installing a high-speed high-performance door in high-cycle areas will reduced service department fixed operational costs.
Dec 27, 2019 05:02 AM
If a dealership's website is not competitive with assistive technologies, disabled customers may not be able to shop for vehicles or even learn about what the dealership has to offer.
Dec 27, 2019 05:01 AM
The passes promote goodwill with customers and even can help persuade a prospect to close a deal.
Dec 27, 2019 05:00 AM
The measure can be a community relations plum and establish customer loyalty with young customers.
Dec 13, 2019 05:06 AM
IMPORTANT: The new maximum fee cannot be charged before Jan. 1.
Dec 13, 2019 05:05 AM
A summary of some of the key issues regarding the holidays and the two unions' collective bargaining agreements with area dealerships.
Dec 13, 2019 05:04 AM
The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act, signed into law by Illinois Gov J.B. Pritzker, deals explicitly with the employment-related implications of legalizing recreational marijuana.
Dec 13, 2019 05:03 AM
Tightening lending standards from auto finance companies, and rising interest rates and vehicle prices are poised to reduce total outstandings about 5% through 2020 and 2021.
Dec 13, 2019 05:02 AM
They vary collision-parts pricing to match local conditions, expand their geographical market and become more competitive.
Dec 13, 2019 05:01 AM
Instructors of a new collision repair program at a Chicago community college need up to 20 donated automobile hoods and fenders for coursework.
Dec 13, 2019 05:00 AM
The idea of e-commerce fully displacing physical dealerships has been around as long as the internet. But consumers don't want an online-only shopping experience for major purchases.
Nov 29, 2019 05:07 AM
Little mentioned in the impending $10,000 credit cap on traded-in vehicles in Illinois: It only applies to First Division vehicles, meaning traded-in pickups are exempt from the cap.
Nov 29, 2019 05:06 AM
Employers who do not provide compliant training will be subject to civil penalties beginning at $500 and increasing to $5,000 for subsequent violations.
Nov 29, 2019 05:05 AM
The president had until Nov. 13 to decide whether to apply the tariffs, but experts on trade law said President Trump still might seek to impose the tariffs despite the missed deadline.
Nov 29, 2019 05:04 AM
Once implemented, the e-odometer rule will help consumers and dealers save time and money.
Nov 29, 2019 05:03 AM
Tax-planning opportunities for dealers to consider as another year comes to a close.
Nov 29, 2019 05:02 AM
The thresholds are adjusted annually based on the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).
Nov 29, 2019 05:01 AM
Sedgwick Claims Management Services saved 124 area dealers a combined $1.1 million by contesting claims for unemployment insurance during the year's third quarter.
Nov 15, 2019 05:07 AM
Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan declared that only revenue bills intended to clarify language would be considered during the six-day veto session.
Nov 15, 2019 05:06 AM
The publication can assist dealership sales consultants and product specialists in explaining to their potential customers how to properly use Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to improve traffic safety.​
Nov 15, 2019 05:05 AM
The official with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago a bad economic event -- on the level of the housing bubble burst in 2008 -- would be necessary to take down overall U.S. economic activity.
Nov 15, 2019 05:04 AM
There is a perception that Americans about 23-38 years old are uninterested in having a vehicle. But a new study proclaims most of them want their own transportation.
Nov 15, 2019 05:03 AM
Total used-car sales last month climbed about 1.4% from October 2018, according to Cox Automotive, which estimated the seasonally adjusted annualized rate for used-car sales at 39.6 million for the month.​
Nov 15, 2019 05:02 AM
The donations came from a CATA match of support from Planet Honda in Matteson, which has advocated for the center nearly since the center opened in 2010.
Nov 15, 2019 05:01 AM
The NTHSA data show 913 fewer crash-related fatalities in 2018, down from 37,473 people in 2017. Important, the fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled dropped to its lowest rate since 2014.
Nov 15, 2019 05:00 AM
The change, which has accelerated in recent years, means more convenience and safety for drivers.
Nov 01, 2019 04:07 AM
Terry D'Arcy, 63, is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country competing for the 2020 Time Dealer of the Year award.
Nov 01, 2019 04:06 AM
The nominee is president of Larry Roesch Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in Elmhurst and Roesch Ford in Bensenville.​
Nov 01, 2019 04:05 AM
The new overtime rule increases the salary level for the white-collar exemptions to $684 a week ($35,568 annually), up from $455 a week ($23,660).
Nov 01, 2019 04:04 AM
The ads might be prepared by manufacturers or other third-party website developers. Such advertising may be acceptable in other states, but it is not in Illinois.
Nov 01, 2019 04:03 AM
DSi Recycling Systems, Inc., is a full service Clean Burn furnace and boiler distributor.
Nov 01, 2019 04:02 AM
"The tech shortage is a serious issue, not only for dealers but for OEMs," said Charlie Gilchrist, a Texas dealer and the 2019 NADA chairman. "Older techs are retiring, and we need to bring in new people."​
Nov 01, 2019 04:01 AM
The U.S. auto industry is reliant on a favorable trading relationship with our two biggest trading partners: Canada and Mexico.
Nov 01, 2019 04:00 AM
The founder in 1957 of Heller Ford in El Paso, Illinois.
Oct 18, 2019 04:08 AM
Increasing the sales tax owed in private vehicle sales can instead raise the same annual sum the trade-in tax credit is projected to collect.
Oct 18, 2019 04:07 AM
Under its modified guidelines, the secretary of state will grant dealers up to 15 days after issuing a TRP to void the application.
Oct 18, 2019 04:06 AM
Charlie Gilchrist, the NADA chairman, argues that the existing Safeguards Rule afforded dealers the flexibility to employ data safeguarding tools which make sense based on the nature of their businesses.​
Oct 18, 2019 04:04 AM
If women customers walk into a dealership and see only men, especially on the show floor, it doesn't mirror their world at large, and could be detrimental to a potential sale.
Oct 18, 2019 04:03 AM
The final rule takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.
Oct 18, 2019 04:02 AM
The agency is focusing on auto lenders who sell GAP products to consumers who would not have benefited from the product given a low loan-to-value ratio.
Oct 18, 2019 04:01 AM
The association will mark the occasion at its annual meeting and luncheon Feb. 17, 2019.
Oct 18, 2019 04:00 AM
Drivers in the U.S. may one day no longer have to crane their necks to check their blind spots if regulators agree to let high-tech cameras and screens replace the humble side-view mirror.
Oct 04, 2019 04:06 AM
Training begins with an Oct. 8-9 class for parts managers, followed by Oct. 10-11 training for service managers. Later classes focus on office managers and general leadership.
Oct 04, 2019 04:05 AM
Under the new rule, most salaried workers who earn less than about $35,500 a year will be eligible for time-and-a-half pay, up from the current threshold of about $23,700.
Oct 04, 2019 04:04 AM
The state enacted two tax amnesty programs that will be available through Nov. 15, 2019. This is the first tax amnesty Illinois has offered since 2010.
Oct 04, 2019 04:03 AM
NADA President Peter Welch contends that the auto industry must find a way to securely and efficiently integrate data flows across all channels of the automotive ecosystem.
Oct 04, 2019 04:02 AM
Global producers of electric cars have big ambitions and a bigger problem: Supplies of nickel sulfate, a key material, are running short.
Oct 04, 2019 04:01 AM
The carsharing service will end operations in Chicago on Dec. 31, 2019.
Oct 04, 2019 04:00 AM
D'Arcy Buick-GMC, D'Arcy Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac honored.
Sep 20, 2019 04:08 AM
The decades-old rule that empowers California to set tougher car emissions standards than those required by the federal government.
Sep 20, 2019 04:07 AM
If all the proposed requirements are adopted, the NADA estimates the average dealer would incur nearly $300,000 in up-front costs plus more than $275,000 annually to comply.
Sep 20, 2019 04:06 AM
The advocates attended more than 200 meetings to discuss trade, tariffs, recall legislation and repeal of the excise tax on heavy-duty trucks.
Sep 20, 2019 04:05 AM
The proposed regulations address the availability of 100% bonus depreciation for dealers who also deduct floor plan financing interest.
Sep 20, 2019 04:04 AM
The agency intends to zero in on "whether there is discrimination in policies and practices governing auto servicing, including the use of models that predict recovery outcomes."
Sep 20, 2019 04:03 AM
The index was propped up by lower-than-normal depreciation.
Sep 20, 2019 04:02 AM
The vehicles must emit sounds when they are moving at speeds up to 18.6 mph.
Sep 20, 2019 04:01 AM
The coverage program, called Life Event Auto-loan Protection, or LEAP, would allow customers to walk away from their auto loans or skip payments in the case of unexpected life events.
Sep 20, 2019 04:00 AM
The company's primary focus is on fixed operations reporting and consulting.
Sep 06, 2019 01:13 PM
New-vehicle revenue for the dealers was down in 2018 compared to the year earlier. Nevertheless, total dealership revenue climbed slightly.
Sep 06, 2019 01:12 PM
The office's new directive is meant to deter brokers and others posing as out-of-state dealers, who then try to resell the car in Illinois as private individuals who would not face the stringent regulations that dealers face.
Sep 06, 2019 01:11 PM
The so-called rear seat reminder systems alert motorists of passengers in the back seat, to avoid deaths of young children left behind in hot cars.
Sep 06, 2019 01:10 PM
Automakers currently must meet nearly 75 auto safety standards for self-driving cars, many of them written under the assumption that a licensed driver is in command of the vehicle using traditional controls.​
Sep 06, 2019 01:09 PM
The pressure to have the latest and greatest cars, trucks and sport-utilities only ramps up with the arrival of kids.
Sep 06, 2019 01:08 PM
Security has been tightened for the Sept. 11-22 event after an activist group last month smashed up 40 luxury vehicles and called for the show to be scrapped.
Sep 06, 2019 01:07 PM
CarDeals2Me is an app that provides car buyers a price quote that expires within 24 hours.
Sep 06, 2019 01:06 PM
A free interactive workshop Sept. 10 at the CATA.
Sep 06, 2019 01:05 PM
The program matches up to $1,500 per dealership and charitable organization.
Sep 06, 2019 01:04 PM
Proprietor of namesake Chevrolet dealerships in Chicago and Merrillville, Indiana.
Aug 23, 2019 04:08 AM
The total raised over seven years is nearly $900,000.
Aug 23, 2019 04:07 AM
Titles would have to be stamped "NOT FOR RESALE WITHIN ILLINOIS"
Aug 23, 2019 04:06 AM
The scores of dealerships for overall customer sentiment and reputation were higher than the other major industries the report examined.
Aug 23, 2019 04:05 AM
Projections show the CPO market will reach a ninth straight record year.
Aug 23, 2019 04:04 AM
The positive rates in July and the latest Fed rate cut may have some potential vehicle buyers thinking there might be another cut by lenders. That appears unlikely.
Aug 23, 2019 04:03 AM
Key recommendations for employees in possession of consumer personal information.
Aug 23, 2019 04:02 AM
Nominations are due Sept. 6, 2019.
The convention and expo is Feb. 14-17, 2020, in Las Vegas.
Aug 23, 2019 04:00 AM
Automaker fetes dealers.
Aug 09, 2019 04:32 AM
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell cut off a questioner during his July 31 news conference when asked if the Federal Open Market Committee is poised to make more cuts later this year.
Aug 09, 2019 04:31 AM
The Illinois attorney general's office continues to levy fines in excess of $100,000 against area dealerships for violations of the state's Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations.
Aug 09, 2019 04:28 AM
The association's Chicagoland Dealers Care program equaled a dealer's donation to Elite Stars Foundation, which serves athletes with physical and mental disabilities.
Aug 09, 2019 04:27 AM
Author Richard Libin sees more and more brick-and-mortar retailers closing and moving exclusively online. Is that the future of automotive sales?
Aug 09, 2019 04:26 AM
Customer loyalty could be the most important metric for vehicle manufacturers.
Aug 09, 2019 04:25 AM
The company's efforts saved 133 CATA dealers a combined $1.13 million by contesting claims for unemployment insurance.
Aug 09, 2019 04:24 AM
Manufacturers fete area dealerships.
Jul 26, 2019 04:40 AM
WebBuy provides dealers with a fully integrated, dealer-centric web application that allows visitors to complete the trade-in and vehicle purchase process completely online.
Jul 26, 2019 04:35 AM
The total raised will be announced Aug. 15 at a USO event in Chicago, "Clark After Dark."
Jul 26, 2019 04:34 AM
The company becomes the CATA's recommended wholesale source to buy and sell used vehicles.
Jul 26, 2019 04:33 AM
Lighting upgrade with energy efficient LED bulbs can often result in a payback of two years or less.​
Jul 26, 2019 04:32 AM
Among Gen Z and Young Millennials, more than 30 percent are interested in working for a dealership.
Jul 26, 2019 04:31 AM
Goal achievers know how to take their dreams to the next level.
Jul 26, 2019 04:30 AM
The annual filing is required for businesses with more than 100 employees.
Jul 26, 2019 04:18 AM
In aggregate, the increase in supply won't put pressure on price, an industry analyst said.
Jul 26, 2019 04:16 AM
Think ridesharing services are more cost effective? Think again.
Jul 26, 2019 04:15 AM
Manufacturers fete area dealers.
Jul 12, 2019 04:04 AM
The recognition, in light of Alfirevich becoming the 2019 Time Dealer of the Year winner, came at the behest of U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois.
Jul 12, 2019 04:03 AM
He will represent dealers in Cook, Lake and DuPage counties.
Jul 12, 2019 04:02 AM
Used-vehicle sales volume is expected to dip by the end of 2019 to 39.2 million unit sales, from 39.4 million last year, and then fall to 39 million in 2020.
Jul 12, 2019 04:01 AM
Top sales performers, a new analysis found, laughed during more than half of their calls, helping to relax themselves and bringing a positive feeling to the call.
Jul 12, 2019 04:00 AM
History shows that merging entire car companies is usually a recipe for failure.
Jun 28, 2019 04:09 AM
The cost to title a car goes up July 1, to$150 from $95. Also July 1, the tax on a gallon of gasoline doubles from 19 cents to 38 cents. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, vehicle registrations rise to $151.
Jun 28, 2019 04:08 AM
Bill Haggerty will lead the association for the next 12 months.
Jun 28, 2019 04:07 AM
Representatives of the Better Business Bureau spoke of recent dealer ads they reviewed which did not comply with the Illinois Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations.
Jun 28, 2019 04:05 AM
The campaign reaches its zenith July 13, when at least 110 area new-car dealerships will host fundraisers for USO programs.
Jun 28, 2019 04:04 AM
Among organizations that identified as having a strong coaching culture, 61 percent were also classified as high-performing organizations.
Jun 28, 2019 04:02 AM
The trend of more prime consumers entering the used market has continued for several quarters.
Jun 28, 2019 04:01 AM
Charlie Gilchrist, the 2019 NADA chairman, extols auto shows for their tremendous influence over a customer's vehicle purchase consideration.
Jun 28, 2019 04:00 AM
Advanced driver assistance systems have become more widespread but are growing increasingly complex and troublesome for car owners.
Jun 14, 2019 04:06 AM
Incumbents Dan Marquardt and Kelly Webb Roberts were joined in victory by first-time winners Dan Heller, Scott Muller and Steve Phillipos for three-year board terms that began this month.
Jun 14, 2019 04:05 AM
A poison pill in the capital infrastructure plan, for dealers and consumers: The tax credit available on traded-in vehicles would be capped at $10,000, a change that would take effect Jan. 1, 2020.
Jun 14, 2019 04:04 AM
Despite declining new-vehicle sales, the outlook for the buy/sell market remains robust.
Jun 14, 2019 04:02 AM
The policy provides dealers with tools to ensure their operations are compliant, transparent and consumer-friendly.​
Jun 14, 2019 04:01 AM
Allied members who sponsored elements of the association's annual golf outing.
Jun 14, 2019 04:00 AM
Biller/Collector candidate.
May 31, 2019 04:26 AM
The car in the as yet untitled movie will be Aston Martin's new $330,000 Rapide E, the company's first electric car.
May 31, 2019 04:06 AM
If you plan to hold a barbecue but the CATA doesn't know about it, your dealership won't be part of the market-wide promotion campaign.
May 31, 2019 04:05 AM
Dealer members of the association can secure golf tickets for $95 each; for allied members, $125 each.​
May 31, 2019 04:04 AM
To succeed with a social media strategy, post on a consistent basis and keep the audience engaged -- two things that a content calendar can help accomplish.
May 31, 2019 04:03 AM
About 39,000 new service techs graduate each year from U.S. career technical colleges and training programs. Yet the industry needs to replace 76,000 techs each year to keep up with retirements and new job demand.
May 31, 2019 04:02 AM
Peter Welch, the NADA president, noted that a number of OEMs recently decided to pull back their investments in auto show, often in favor of new digital tools.
May 31, 2019 04:01 AM
Tyler Delahanty, a graduating senior at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, is winner of the 2019 Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship.
May 17, 2019 04:07 AM
Completed ballots must be returned by June 7.
May 17, 2019 04:06 AM
The BBB has noticed a significant uptick in advertised prices that contain limited rebates, including finance rebates.
May 17, 2019 04:05 AM
The award is one of the auto industry's highest honors.
May 17, 2019 04:04 AM
With the intent to harm the dealership, an area new-car dealership employee reportedly was secretly recorded recently during a private conversation on the showroom floor.
May 17, 2019 04:03 AM
The chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association said the threat of tariffs is causing uncertainty, a business killer. He added that tariffs are taxes on American consumers.
May 17, 2019 04:02 AM
Dealers with 100 or more employees are subject to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's filing mandate.
May 17, 2019 04:01 AM
The company's actions saved 140 area dealerships a combined $489,346.
May 17, 2019 04:00 AM
Manufacturers fete area dealers.
May 03, 2019 04:08 AM
Surveillance video shows just two men did all the work.
May 03, 2019 04:07 AM
Area dealerships will be grilling again this summer (Kiss the Cook aprons optional) in support of the USO of Illinois.
May 03, 2019 04:06 AM
The balloting process for the NADA director representing Metro Chicago begins later this month and Mark Scarpelli, who currently holds the post, is not seeking re-election.
May 03, 2019 04:05 AM
More than 1.1 million people were employed at new-car dealerships by the end of 2018, and the payroll topped $66.5 billion.
May 03, 2019 04:04 AM
Two production cars that go on sale later this year allow owners to use their smartphones to access and operate their vehicles and leave the keys and fobs at home.
May 03, 2019 04:03 AM
Rear seat belts often lack tensioners and force limiters found with belts in the front seat, and there rarely are front airbags to protect in head-on accidents.
May 03, 2019 04:02 AM
Savvy lenders are adapting to technology while establishing and solidifying dealer relationships to generate lending opportunities.
May 03, 2019 04:01 AM
"Having a buyer" and getting a transaction closed are very different, and often not all that correlated.​
May 03, 2019 04:00 AM
Manufacturers fete area dealerships.
Apr 19, 2019 04:08 AM
Facebook's Adam Parkov will share effective advertising solutions for the retail auto industry.
Apr 19, 2019 04:07 AM
The golf outing/annual meeting returns to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont on June 11.
Apr 19, 2019 04:06 AM
If 25 percent tariffs are implemented, consumers would spend $73 billion more in taxes, new-vehicle sales would decrease by up 2 million units, and up to 117,500 dealership jobs would be lost.
Apr 19, 2019 04:05 AM
Through March, average new-model monthly payments climbed 3.4 percent to $567, while average lease payments rose 2.7 percent to $500.
Apr 19, 2019 04:04 AM
While interest in certified pre-owned vehicles is up, it doesn't appear familiarity has quite gotten there yet.
Apr 19, 2019 04:02 AM
Certain aspects of the rapid reduction in the percentage of sedans on the road could lead to outcomes that may be unpredictable and surprising.
Apr 19, 2019 04:01 AM
The partnership hopes to inspire and prepare the next generation of dealership customers and employees.​
Apr 05, 2019 04:08 AM
Retail U.S. sales are expected to begin in late 2020.
Apr 05, 2019 04:07 AM
The carmaker would export models to the U.S. and Canada within three to four years, sooner than a previous timeline of 2026.
Apr 05, 2019 04:06 AM
Love is in the air again among the world's automotive manufacturers, says Bloomberg Opinion columnist David Fickling.
Apr 05, 2019 04:05 AM
It was Illinois Sen. Jim Oberweis's sixth attempt at such legislation since 2013.
Apr 05, 2019 04:04 AM
The NADA study continues to be the industry's most comprehensive analysis of dealership workforces.
Apr 05, 2019 04:03 AM
Article by Utility Management Group, a CATA Approved Member Partner
Apr 05, 2019 04:02 AM
Bids accepted until April 30 for bankrupt dealership in Schererville, Ind.
Apr 05, 2019 04:01 AM
Automakers fete area dealerships.
Apr 05, 2019 04:00 AM
Margaret M. "Maggie"Webb, 62.
Mar 22, 2019 04:06 AM
Americans who consider their cars to be sanctuaries on wheels will find that won't be true for much longer.​
Mar 22, 2019 04:05 AM
U.S. regulators will ask the public if robotic cars should be allowed on streets, as they try to set the first legal boundaries for their design in the world's second largest vehicle market.
Mar 22, 2019 04:04 AM
The basics of business at dealerships hasn't changed in the past quarter century, but the way salespeople differentiate themselves needs to evolve.
Mar 22, 2019 04:03 AM
The customer with a 550 credit score now is not the same as the person with a 550 score when the housing market collapsed.
Mar 22, 2019 04:02 AM
Ever-changing regulations mean lenders should never let down their guard or get lazy with their compliance procedures.
Mar 22, 2019 04:01 AM
Bidding accepted on bankrupt Nissan dealership in Schererville, Indiana.
Mar 22, 2019 04:00 AM
He was principal of Joe Madden Ford, in Downers Grove, from 1964 to 2000.
Mar 08, 2019 05:07 AM
The program can create a new revenue stream for dealers by generating $15 for each vehicle processed.​
Mar 08, 2019 05:06 AM
Based on IRS reports so far this year, the average refund has taken a downturn.
Mar 08, 2019 05:05 AM
A 25 percent tariff would raise the average new vehicle's $35,000 sale price by $2,750, impacting sales by as many as 1.3 million units.
Mar 08, 2019 05:04 AM
The program helps the contributions that dealers make to nonprofits go a little bit further, and broadcast the message a little bit wider.
Mar 08, 2019 05:02 AM
Yes, auto loan delinquencies are up from the recession of a decade ago, but so too are the number of loan originations.
Mar 08, 2019 05:01 AM
The electric vehicle manufacturer said Feb. 28 that it would eliminate many of its retail stores and move to online-only vehicle sales.
Mar 08, 2019 05:00 AM
The company's efforts saved 78 CATA daler members a combined $538,157 by contesting claims for unemployment insurance benefits.
Feb 25, 2019 02:00 PM
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook
Feb 22, 2019 05:09 AM
Officials of the nation's best-attended show reported a bump in attendance this year despite the slowing market.
Feb 22, 2019 05:07 AM
Dealers selling a vehicle for more than its advertised price continues to be the top infraction seen by staff from the Illinois attorney general's office who review the ads.
Feb 22, 2019 05:06 AM
Participation in the study, seen as one of the automotive industry's largest workforce studies, is open until April 12.
Feb 22, 2019 05:05 AM
Howard Hakes, the 2019 AIADA chairman, forecasts a busy year ahead.
Feb 22, 2019 05:03 AM
A declaration that imported cars and auto parts represent a national security threat would impact America's 9,600 international nameplate dealers, their 578,000 employees, and millions of customers.
Feb 22, 2019 05:02 AM
The program will try to close the gap between the 76,000 technicians who retire or take other work each year and the 37,000 new technicians who graduate from training programs and colleges.
Feb 22, 2019 05:01 AM
Economists warn this is a red flag, as a car loan typically is the first payment people make.
Feb 22, 2019 05:00 AM
His Carol Buick, in Evanston, was once the world's largest Buick dealership.
Jan 28, 2019 05:53 PM
The dealer principal of Apple Chevrolet, in Tinley Park, is the 2019 winner of one of the most prestigious and highly coveted awards that a new-car dealer can win.
Jan 25, 2019 05:07 AM
In addition to and anticipated 20 vehicle introductions, four test tracks on the show floor and test drives of six brands outdoors, the coming show offers something for everyone.
Jan 25, 2019 05:06 AM
The state senator took a step he has repeated annually since 2014 and introduced legislation to open Illinois car dealerships to sales on Sundays.
Jan 25, 2019 05:04 AM
Radelet and his team will continue to represent CATA dealers as the association’s employee relations counsel.
Jan 25, 2019 05:03 AM
Vehicle incentives, which automakers often offer begrudgingly but which consumers have come to expect, will nudge up this year, said ALG, part of TrueCar.
Jan 25, 2019 05:02 AM
Two main factors that drove higher used-vehicle prices in 2018 and will likely continue in 2019 are new tariffs, which are causing vehicle prices to increase, and the Fed's interest rate hikes.
Jan 25, 2019 05:01 AM
The move is another step to reverse policies implemented by the former CFPB director, Mick Mulvaney, who had announced in August 2018 that the bureau would scrap supervisory examinations of lenders in regards to violations of the Military Lending Act.
Jan 25, 2019 05:00 AM
The AIADA president recounts automobile industry highlights from 2018 and offers a forecast of what's to come in 2019.
Jan 22, 2019 02:00 PM
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook
Jan 11, 2019 05:06 AM
The deal is with members of Teamsters Local 731, which represents parts countermen, stockroom attendants, garage attendants, drivers, and utility employees.
Jan 11, 2019 05:05 AM
Materials shipped Jan. 11 to all members of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association in good standing, to help them get through the coming year and to help publicize the Chicago Auto Show.
Jan 11, 2019 05:04 AM
The show floor of the Chicago Auto Show will be awash in an elegance not present during the show's 10-day consumer run.
Jan 11, 2019 05:03 AM
The measure can be a community relations plum and establish customer loyalty with young consumers.
Jan 11, 2019 05:02 AM
Dealers should prepare for the closing by ordering any odometer statements, used-car buyer's guides and other forms provided free by the association.
Jan 11, 2019 05:01 AM
The incoming chairman forecasts the issues he expects to face as he guides the NADA this year.
Jan 11, 2019 05:00 AM
Growth in originations to subprime borrowers is a sign that the auto industry is normalizing and will stay healthy in 2019.
Dec 28, 2018 05:05 AM
Dealers who wish to be excluded from the class action settlement with Reynolds and Reynolds in the lawsuit over excessive DMS charges must send a first class letter, postmarked by Jan. 2, indicating that intention.
Dec 28, 2018 05:04 AM
The sales and use tax landscape is rapidly changing in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision which affects tax liability on the sales of vehicles and parts.
Dec 28, 2018 05:03 AM
Despite retail sales falling for the sixth consecutive month, the continued growth in transaction prices is allowing manufacturers to offset lower sales with higher revenue.
Dec 28, 2018 05:02 AM
A major concern among the young potential buyers is the availability of charging stations. Another reason: a lack of exposure to carmakers' marketing efforts.
Dec 28, 2018 05:01 AM
Drivers can unlock and turn on the 2019 Santa Fe with the touch of a finger.
Dec 28, 2018 05:00 AM
Transporting freight using the technology is a much nearer term possibility than humans.
Dec 14, 2018 02:00 PM
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook
Dec 14, 2018 05:11 AM
The new maximum fee cannot be charged before Jan. 1.
Dec 14, 2018 05:10 AM
The NADA on Dec. 13 forecast 16.8 million new-vehicle sales in 2019. If that happens, it would be the first time in five years that annual sales would fall below 17 million units.
Dec 14, 2018 05:09 AM
The report analyzes why dealers choose one lender over another. It also tracks analyst callback time and maps the frequency that dealer issues are resolved on the first call.
Dec 14, 2018 05:08 AM
The strong subprime performance seems to disprove naysaying claims in recent years that a subprime auto-lending bubble was about to burst.
Dec 14, 2018 05:07 AM
The decision is designed to ensure proper disposal of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.
Dec 14, 2018 05:06 AM
The guide provides prospective purchasers with details fuel economy estimates for MY 2019 light-duty vehicles, along with other information including estimated annual fuel costs.
Dec 14, 2018 05:05 AM
The event will be headlined by Toyota executive Bob Carter and feature the passing of the AIADA chairman's gavel.
Dec 14, 2018 05:03 AM
The company's efforts saved 103 CATA-member dealers a combined $442,968 by contesting claims for unemployment insurance.
Dec 14, 2018 05:02 AM
Flu activity typically peaks between December and February.
Dec 14, 2018 05:01 AM
The passes can promote goodwill with customers and even can help persuade a prospect to close a deal.​
Dec 14, 2018 05:00 AM
The office will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.
Nov 30, 2018 05:08 AM
For dealerships with unionized employees, a summary of the upcoming holiday and holiday pay issues in the collective bargaining agreements with Mechanics Local 701 and Teamsters Local 731 Garage Attendants.​
Nov 30, 2018 05:05 AM
The BBB, which monitors dealer advertising for compliance with the Illinois motor vehicle advertising regulations, reports continued instances of advertising prices that are not available to all buyers.​
Nov 30, 2018 05:02 AM
Tax-planning opportunities for dealers to consider as another years comes to a close.
Nov 30, 2018 05:01 AM
The thresholds increase each Jan. 1 based on increases in the Consumer Price Index.
Nov 30, 2018 05:00 AM
Dealership employees recognized.
Nov 20, 2018 02:00 PM
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook
Nov 16, 2018 05:08 AM
The average price of a used vehicle hit an all-time high in the third quarter of 2018, according to car-buying advice site Edmunds.
Nov 16, 2018 05:07 AM
"Two key areas [auto and home] of consumer spending are not looking as strong as we would expect," said Robert Dye, chief economist for Comerica Bank.
Nov 16, 2018 05:06 AM
White House discussions on Nov. 13 on the impact of car imports as a matter of national security concerns pointed against the imposition of tariffs of up to 25 percent on foreign-made vehicles.
Nov 16, 2018 05:05 AM
The U.S. is moving toward a subscription-based economy, driving companies to focus less on individual sales, and more on gaining recurring customers.
Nov 16, 2018 05:04 AM
The popular roundtable discussions at the annual convention of the National Automobile Dealers Association will feature a range of topics. NADA Show 2019 is Jan. 24-27 in San Francisco.
Nov 16, 2018 05:03 AM
Get familiar with the names of federal legislators who will lead congressional committees that have oversight of the automotive industry beginning Jan. 3, 2019.
Nov 16, 2018 05:02 AM
Young men are drawn to exotic sports cars, but young women prefer trucks and SUVs designed for adventure.​
Nov 16, 2018 05:01 AM
The city with the highest rate of car thefts in a state is not necessarily the city with the poorest community or the biggest crime problems.
Nov 16, 2018 05:00 AM
Area dealerships feted by manufacturers, others.
Nov 02, 2018 04:07 AM
Chief economists argue that the chances of an economic slowdown turning into a recession are unlikely.​
Nov 02, 2018 04:06 AM
Mobility-as-a-Service, or MaaS, is the integration of various forms of transportation into an on-demand service to rent vehicles.
Nov 02, 2018 04:05 AM
For auto loans, the default rate was 0.89 percent for September 2018, down from 1.05 percent a year earlier.​
Nov 02, 2018 04:04 AM
Ever-rising monthly payments are the No. 1 concern for car buyers today, and the average monthly payment for a new vehicle hit an all-time high in two different months this year.
Nov 02, 2018 04:03 AM
The Federal Trade Commission offers just-the-facts security advice tailored to the needs of dealerships and other small businesses.
Nov 02, 2018 04:02 AM
The average annual earnings for employees at new-car dealerships rose 3.1 percent from 2016 to 2017, the National Automobile Dealers Association reported.
Nov 02, 2018 04:01 AM
A look at some of the notable changes -- what's in, what's out -- in new-car engineering.
Nov 02, 2018 04:00 AM
A large percentage of Americans (42 percent) said recently that they would not ride in a fully automated (self-driving) vehicle.
Oct 19, 2018 04:08 AM
Alfirevich is one of a select group of 51 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored Jan. 25 at the NADA Show in San Francisco.
Oct 19, 2018 04:06 AM
Franchised dealers can inspect a vehicle shown to be from a disaster area. If they believe the vehicle to be not damaged, they can complete an affidavit to obtain a clean title.
Oct 19, 2018 04:05 AM
One of the main features of the trade agreement is a change to the "rules of origin" for autos, that more of the car must be made in North America for it to be duty-free.
Oct 19, 2018 04:03 AM
One of the biggest false narratives is that ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are less expensive than personal vehicle ownership.
Oct 19, 2018 04:02 AM
The hope is that 2019 models have been incentivized enough so that they're just slightly more expensive than last year's used models.
Oct 19, 2018 04:01 AM
The Maryland and Virginia dealerships reportedly mailed more than 21,000 fake "urgent recall" notices in order to increase business at the dealerships' service departments.
Oct 19, 2018 04:00 AM
As of 2017 data, cars 10 or more years old now outnumber those newer.
Oct 18, 2018 01:00 PM
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook
Oct 05, 2018 04:06 AM
The association this year elevated three credit card processors to recommended status: Dealer Pay, Heartland Payment Systems, and USBank/Elavon Payment Solutions.
Oct 05, 2018 04:05 AM
"It is very difficult to understand how a tariff on imported vehicles and parts would improve national security," said Steve Gates, a third-generation dealer.
Oct 05, 2018 04:04 AM
The pending trade agreement among the United States, Mexico and Canada would require a greater portion of vehicles to be made in North America.
Oct 05, 2018 04:03 AM
The party came as the culmination of a campaign that raised $182,000 last summer largely through USO barbecue fundraisers at 115 area new-car dealerships.
Oct 05, 2018 04:02 AM
The need for replacement vehicles probably will affect values, especially in the region.
The AAA said it is important for dealers, automakers and rental-car companies to educate drivers at the time they take delivery of their vehicle on how the systems work.
Oct 05, 2018 04:00 AM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a statement highlighting that the guidelines do not have the same force as laws.
Sep 21, 2018 04:07 AM
Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections of dealerships have reached a level not seen since 2015, said Phil Troy, founder of CATA allied member ComplyNet.
Sep 21, 2018 04:06 AM
Three-year-old vehicles now are worth 4.8 percent more than values should be during this time of year, the automobile auction company Manheim reported.
Sep 21, 2018 04:05 AM
When consumers reach a dealership, they are buyers, not shoppers. Keeping them in that mood depends on a smooth transition from online to off-line.
Sep 21, 2018 04:04 AM
Overall, U.S. dealers in a new survey are more positive than negative in describing the current market in the third quarter but are fearful that proposed auto tariffs could hurt profitability.
Sep 21, 2018 04:03 AM
Brad Strong, the AIADA's 2018 chairman, argues for the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement.​
Sep 21, 2018 04:02 AM
While the submissions are merely voluntary, the three reports resemble slick marketing brochures instead of stringent regulatory filings.
Sep 21, 2018 04:01 AM
Manufacturer fetes dealership employees.
Sep 21, 2018 04:00 AM
Mr. Foley was a past chairman of the CATA and the Chicago Auto Show.
Sep 17, 2018 07:25 PM
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook
Sep 07, 2018 04:06 AM
Overall U.S. auto sales rose slightly in August as customers took advantage of Labor Day discounts against a healthy U.S. economy. But sales are expected to cool in coming months.
Sep 07, 2018 04:05 AM
Three-year-old models constituted about one-fourth of the used cars sold at franchised dealerships from April though June this year, according to a new Edmunds report.
Sep 07, 2018 04:04 AM
The flow of 90-plus-day delinquency for auto loan balances has been slowly trending upward since 2012.​
Sep 07, 2018 04:03 AM
Dealers are helping efforts to improve the employment numbers of skilled workers, including automobile technicians.
Sep 07, 2018 04:02 AM
The agency attempted to clarify the management of hazardous and nonhazardous solid wastes, including undeployed airbag modules and inflators.
Sep 07, 2018 04:01 AM
The bureau's Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity is turning its focus to education, compared to the enforcement powers it once held.
Sep 07, 2018 04:00 AM
For residents of big cities, the idea they can save money by relying on ride-hailing services might be another urban legend.
Aug 24, 2018 04:06 AM
Police "are seeing an epidemic of vehicles being purchased via identity theft and shipped to the Chicago area from around the country."
Aug 24, 2018 04:05 AM
A record 115 area new-car dealerships helped raise the money for the USO of Illinois to serve more than 325,000 active duty, guard and reserve military and military family members.
Aug 24, 2018 04:04 AM
The country added 39 dealer rooftops from Jan. 1 to July 1 this year.
Aug 24, 2018 04:03 AM
In addition to consumer demand, concern over potential tariffs could make new vehicles costlier, driving pricing trends this summer.
Aug 24, 2018 04:02 AM
As interest rates rise, dealer satisfaction is increasingly reliant on quick and meaningful communication with credit staff.
Aug 24, 2018 04:01 AM
They can be seen as introductory gateways to higher-priced luxury models.
Aug 24, 2018 04:00 AM
Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 27.
Aug 23, 2018 07:25 PM
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook
Aug 10, 2018 04:06 AM
Affordability and a larger inventory of utility vehicles are luring more shoppers to used-vehicle lots.​
Aug 10, 2018 04:05 AM
The Aug. 2 sit-down comes as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the urgency of the shortage of workers with technician skills.
Aug 10, 2018 04:04 AM
Financing deals in July with zero percent interest were at their lowest levels since 2005.
Aug 10, 2018 04:03 AM
It's hard to tell if the latest trend of "flexible ownership" will grow to 30 percent or more of the market, as traditional leasing has.
Aug 10, 2018 04:02 AM
"In today's connected vehicles," said GM President Dan Ammann, "safety and cybersecurity are one and the same."
Aug 10, 2018 04:01 AM
The move marks the FTC's first action alleging income falsification by auto dealers.
Aug 10, 2018 04:00 AM
The company's actions saved 144 area dealers a combined $1.35 million during the year's second quarter.​
Jul 27, 2018 04:05 AM
Just 14 of 94 dealerships inspected in 20 cities -- including Chicago -- had the new buyers guide displayed on the windshields of all used vehicles for sale.
Jul 27, 2018 04:04 AM
A 25 percent tariff applied to all imported vehicles and auto parts would hurt manufacturers, dealers, consumers, and the economy overall.
Jul 27, 2018 04:03 AM
Bigger-ticket purchases are already challenging for buyers with blemishes on their credit reports.
Jul 27, 2018 04:02 AM
The lease penetration rate for millennials this year is 35 percent, compared to 30 percent for the overall population.
Jul 27, 2018 04:01 AM
DuPagePads and the Inside Out Club each received $1,500 this month.
Jul 27, 2018 04:00 AM
The group has been a proud partner of the CATA for more than five years.
Jul 23, 2018 01:00 PM
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook
Jul 13, 2018 04:05 AM
"Ironically," said NADA President Peter Welch, "some domestic brands could get hit harder than international brands."
Jul 13, 2018 04:03 AM
A growing number of loans stretch to 96 months, as long as eight years before a buyer obtains clear title.​
Jul 13, 2018 04:02 AM
The trend was found primarily with FICO scores higher than 700.
Jul 13, 2018 04:01 AM
Minimum hourly pay now is $12 in Chicago, $11 in portions of Cook County, and $8.25 in the rest of Illinois.​
Jul 13, 2018 04:00 AM
The show returns to the newly renovated Moscone Center in San Francisco Jan. 24-27, 2019.
Jun 29, 2018 04:06 AM
Tony Guido, proprietor of Arlington Heights Ford, will lead the association for the next 12 months.
Jun 29, 2018 04:05 AM
Representatives of the Better Business Bureau, which monitors the advertising of area new-vehicle dealers, shared some of the issues they have seen lately in the ads.
Jun 29, 2018 04:04 AM
A fraud ring using stolen identities has lured dealerships from across the country to deliver new vehicles to Chicago addresses.
Jun 29, 2018 04:03 AM
Consumers are often looking for a "product specialist mindset" in a dealership salesperson.
Jun 29, 2018 04:02 AM
The auto finance default rate through May 2018 dropped to 0.93 percent.
Jun 29, 2018 04:01 AM
The company saved 113 CATA dealer members a combined $852,874 by contesting claims for unemployment insurance.​
Jun 29, 2018 04:00 AM
Manufacturers fete area dealerships.
Jun 15, 2018 01:00 PM
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook
Jun 15, 2018 04:09 AM
Jay Hopkins, Kevin Keefe, JC Phelan and Thomas F. Shirey retained their board seats. Ryan Kelly joined them as a first-term director.
Jun 15, 2018 04:07 AM
It is vital to register right away in order to be included in the various promotions planned by the CATA.​
Jun 15, 2018 04:06 AM
The show airs 8-9 a.m. Saturdays on WLS-AM 890.
Jun 15, 2018 04:05 AM
The projection assumes automakers would absorb at least half the cost of a tax on imported vehicles, if President Trump's vow to slap a 25 percent tariff on imported vehicles comes to pass.
Jun 15, 2018 04:04 AM
Amid the rise of off-lease vehicles which continue to enhance the used-car population, CPOs have become a progressively more attractive option for car buyers, according to data.
Jun 15, 2018 04:03 AM
Now a graduate of John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Lucas Philip will attend Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jun 15, 2018 04:02 AM
A number of provisions are effective for employees younger than 18.
Jun 15, 2018 04:01 AM
The changes affect sales of general merchandise, not vehicles.
Jun 15, 2018 04:00 AM
CATA Allied members that supported the association's annual meeting and golf outing.
Jun 01, 2018 04:07 AM
vAuto founder Dale Pollak said dealers are riding a good wave during nearly a decade of unprecedented sales numbers. But they must continue to evolve to succeed.
Jun 01, 2018 04:06 AM
Edmunds experts said May sales of new vehicles, buoyed by Memorial Day sales events, could show a 3.5 percent increase over May 2017 and a 16 percent jump over one month earlier.
Jun 01, 2018 04:05 AM
NADA Chairman Wes Lutz applauds the efforts of dealers to push federal lawmakers to rescind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's flawed 2013 indirect vehicle financing guidance.
Jun 01, 2018 04:04 AM
The Washington Post editorial board argues that the president's idea for imposing a 25 percent tariff on all automobile imports on national security grounds is a bad idea.
Jun 01, 2018 04:03 AM
With national gas prices on the doorstep of $3 a gallon and at the start of the summer driving season, analyst Maryann Keller said that the epitaph for the sedan might have been written too soon.
Jun 01, 2018 04:02 AM
A leaked proposal by the government recommends freezing mpg requirements at a 37 mpg fleet average from 2020 through 2027.
Jun 01, 2018 04:01 AM
A lot of independent auto finance companies are funded by private equity that is easy to obtain when interest rates are low.
Jun 01, 2018 04:00 AM
To borrow a phrase, one man's damaged bumper covers is another man's gold.
May 21, 2018 01:00 PM
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook
May 18, 2018 04:22 AM
Ballots will be sent May 25 to all dealer members whose annual membership dues are up-to-date. Winners will be announced June 12 at the CATA's annual meeting.
May 18, 2018 04:21 AM
The legislation to open dealerships to sales on Sundays is unlikely to find enough support among lawmakers before the state General Assembly's expected adjournment on May 31.
May 18, 2018 04:20 AM
Representatives of the CATA met this month with officials of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority for workaround solutions short of equipping every loaner vehicle with a tollway transponder.
May 18, 2018 04:19 AM
From financial services and advertising compliance to protecting consumers personal information and recalls, there are governmental agencies watching for dealer compliance.
May 18, 2018 04:18 AM
The delinquency rate for subprime auto loans more than 60 days past due reached the highest rate since 1996 at 5.8 percent, according to March data, the most recent available.
May 18, 2018 04:17 AM
"We're importing a lot of cars, and we want a lot of those cars to be made in the United States," President Donald Trump said.
May 04, 2018 04:06 AM
A special dealership marketing event on May 17 at the CATA includes a workshop, a keynote address by vAuto founder Dale Pollack, and a preview of the USO of Illinois's 2018 Barbecue for the Troops program.​
May 04, 2018 04:05 AM
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a special joint resolution the week of May 7 that would rescind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's flawed 2013 indirect vehicle financing guidance.
May 04, 2018 04:04 AM
U.S. regulators are poised to propose a freeze on fuel-efficiency standards at 2020 levels, saying increased mpg mandates are too stringent.
May 04, 2018 04:02 AM
The 17 states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration's intent to overturn gas mileage rules that would require automakers to produce car fleets that average over 50 mpg by 2025.​
May 04, 2018 04:01 AM
The stalling sedan market is forcing automakers to re-evaluate the segment, but that doesn't always require axing nameplates.
May 04, 2018 04:00 AM
Backup crashes kill more than 200 people annually and injure more than 12,000.
Apr 20, 2018 01:00 PM
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook
Apr 20, 2018 04:06 AM
The free workshop will examine new strategies and tactics -- including fresh content marketing ideas, video examples and email solutions -- with the ultimate goal to convert more leads into quality customers.​
Apr 20, 2018 04:05 AM
Certain rules of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations, when violated, are considered Zero Tolerance infractions and referred to the state's attorney general's office for discipline.
Apr 20, 2018 04:04 AM
The FTC warned six companies' statements that consumers must use specified parts or service providers to keep their warranties intact.
Apr 20, 2018 04:02 AM
The No. 1 reason consumers walk away from a dealership was a general feeling of distrust. Reason No. 2: Poorly worded/nonprofessional communication by dealership staff.
Apr 20, 2018 04:01 AM
Thirty-seven percent of millennials intend to spend their tax returns on a new car, compared to 23 percent of non-millennials.
Apr 20, 2018 04:00 AM
Dealerships, employees feted by manufacturers and learning institutions
Apr 06, 2018 04:10 AM
The justices ruled that service advisers are exempt from overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act because they are considered salesmen engaged in servicing automobiles.
Apr 06, 2018 04:09 AM
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security uncovered a Chicago-based scheme by identity thieves drawn to used vehicles worth $40,000 to $60,000 which are advertised online.
Apr 06, 2018 04:08 AM
Dealers said they have to get crafty to get consumers into a new car at a price they can afford.
Apr 06, 2018 04:07 AM
The fattened inventories of 2- and 3-year-old cars could result in a record year for CPO sales.