Following in his father's footsteps, Claude began in the automotive industry at the age of 16 as a bodywork technician for Renault Canada. He has an entrepreneurial spirit and quickly puts his exceptional business acumen to good use. He spends part of his nights repairing vehicles in a non-air-conditioned garage and then selling them, even offering financing and leasing options! In 1972, Claude acquired his first body shop, then a second shortly after. During the Corvette glory days, Art Auto Body was arguably one of Montreal's most renowned workshops. At the end of the 1970s, the entrepreneur entered the world of car rental and barely 10 years later, he had a fleet of more than 3000 vehicles. It was in 1981 that the businessman acquired his first car dealership. Since then, he has represented many brands including Acura, GMC, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Suzuki and Volkswagen, in addition to Chrysler, Honda and Hyundai which are still today in the Leclair Group's brand portfolio.