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Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan new-car dealership associations.

Today, CATA's member dealerships employ more than 20,000 people in Chicagoland. These locally-based small businesses provide good-paying jobs for their employees who, in turn, contribute to their communities.

The CATA commitment to excellence in automotive retailing remains its core value and will remain so through the next century.


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CATA membership benefits a dealer in many facets of day-to-day operations. From providing advocacy at the state, county and local levels, to assistance with legal and employment issues, to best-in-industry training opportunities, CATA is here to address the challenges automotive retailers face.



The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), Chicagoland’s new-car dealer association, recently donated $1,500 to Violet Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer. The donation came via the CATA’s Chicagoland Dealers Care program in conjunction with a $10,000 donation by Napleton’s Countryside Mazda. Through Chicagoland Dealers Care, the CATA matches up to $1,500 of a member dealer’s donation to local charitable organizations.

The Violet Foundation was established in fall 2022 just months after the Napleton family lost 3-year-old Violet Napleton to brain cancer. In the last six months the foundation has raised just over $1M to provide funding to pediatric brain cancer research, clinical trials, and treatment options. Additionally, the foundation distributes small grants to support families with children who are being treated for pediatric brain cancer.  

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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
18W200 Butterfield Rd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 
(630) 495-2282


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