Faye’s love for books is only mirrored by her love for cars. A Harvard graduate, people claim that Faye doesn’t look the part of a Harvard graduate. Heavily tattoed, with a few piercings, and ever-handy with a wrench in her hand, Faye is an automotive technician, teacher, and entrepreneur. Faye tells a classic story of following your passion. After all, she quit her wonderful paying job as a therapist and started working as an automotive technician. Even though the career shift was not easy for Faye, especially considering her background, she is now one of the best automotive technicians in the business. In this article, we take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Faye Hadley.
Early Life & Education:
Faye Hadley was born on September 25, 1986, in United States. Born into a family of academics, Faye was pushed toward academic excellence from a young age. Her father, who has a Ph. D. from MIT often encouraged Faye to pursue academic degrees. In compliance, after finishing high school, Faye enrolled at Harvard under a sponsorship deal. She graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a degree in Psychology.
Garage Internship while in college:
Long before Faye worked with cars, she went on a road trip with them. In her first year at Harvard, Faye came across a Volkswagen GTI licensed from a dealership in Alaska. She later purchased a similar Volkswagen and set on a road trip in 2007. She must have thoroughly enjoyed the trip because the engine of the car blew up when she rolled into the campus. Not long after Faye secured an unpaid internship at a Volkswagen garage. The internship could not have come at a perfect time for Faye who had just blown up her engine. So, after learning the tricks and tips of the trade, Faye started working on her own Volkswagen.
After graduating in 2010, Faye started working in the Northeast as a psychotherapist. After a frustrating stint as a psychotherapist, Faye decided to quit her job and moved to Portland. She took an internship in automotive classes while also working at a local independent garage during the evenings. Later she was hired as a certified Toyota Technician at a Toyota dealership.
Faye launched her YouTube channel in 2013 posting occasional DIYs to document and share little-known repair solutions that she had learned on the job. The channel did not get gain attention until 2018 when her six-video series titled “020 Transmission Fun” — detailing the unique complexities of the Volkswagon transmission and clutch setup–garnered nearly a quarter of a million views. As of 2023, the channel has over 13 million views and 139K subscribers.
Piston and PixieDust:
During her time in the industry, Faye was appalled by the lack of women working as automotive technicians. This inspired Faye to set up a company by the name of Piston and PixieDust. The company ran by the tagline, ‘by women, for women’ and aimed to bridge the gap between women and machines. In her company, Faye doubles down as a mechanic and prioritizes her customer to include during the repair process in a bid to share the knowledge in case of DIYs. The garage shop is located in San Antonio, Texas.
All Girls Garage:
In addition to her numerous exploits, Faye also finds time to work on a reality TV series. Entitled All Girls Garage, the series features Faye and her co-workers as they take up complex repair and restoration tasks. The series first season premiered on March 3, 2012, and concluded season 11 on December 25, 2022, Faye was co-host of the most recent season alongside Bogi. In addition to All Girls Garage, Faye has been part of another reality shows“Motor Mythbusters” on Motortrend.
As of now, Faye Hadley has a net worth of USD $700K.
Faye is married to Brandon Hadley and the pair tied the knot on September 25, 2016. The pair currently is yet to give birth to any children.
September 25, 1986
36 years old
Television Personality, Automotive Technician, Entrepreneur, Youtuber, Teacher