Skeeter Lothringer has a tremendous passion for the automotive industry. For over 32 years, Skeeter has been involved in the automotive service business. He began as a young boy working on cars in his driveway with his father. Skeeter quickly learned the basics and his life's passion was born. His knack for working on cars was passed down from his father; who was a master mechanic and carpenter. Skeeter learned the basics as a young man and now holds countless certifications through the Automotive Service Excellence Association and is a General Motors Factory Trained Specialist.
Skeeter is married to high school sweetheart Eraina. The Vietnam Conflict was raging at the time he proposed and he was drafted. He served a 15 month tour as a mortarman in the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded a purple heart. Upon his return home from duty, he married Eraina. Skeeter worked for a local distributing company and worked on friends cars in his driveway in order to make ends meet.
In those early days, Eraina would crawl under the vehicles and pitch in. In 1976, he began his career as a fulltime mechanic at a shop known as Jimmy's Auto Service. He was quickly promoted to the service department due to his work ethic and true dedication to customer satisfaction. His heart's desire since those early days has been to help people solve their car problems. He worked for Jimmy's for 16 years in the hope of one day owning his own shop. Those customer relationships he built in those days have endured to today. Many times his customer relationships have been passed on to the children and grandchildren of happy customers.
It was 1992 and Skeeter's chance at the American Dream began to materialize. After many seemingly insurmountable financial hurdles, Skeeter found a way to buy Jimmy's, the currently known as Skeeter's Auto Service in Houston, Texas. There was no stopping his vision to own a thriving auto service shop.
With his family by his side Skeeter began to dream and build one of the largest independently automotive shops in the Greater Houston Area. He is an automotive consultant to many and goes out of his way to help other shops succeed. After 42 years, Eraina is still by his side. His Daughter Rona is the business and marketing manager, and son Ty is manager of the service center. Skeeter enjoys hunting and fishing and a good cup of coffee in the afternoon.
Skeeter can be heard weekly on AM700 KSEV as the host of "The Car Doctor" radio program in Houston on Saturdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
For more information and to listen to past shows, visit Skeeter's Texas Car Doctor website at www.texascardoctor.com.