Hi, I'm Kim Hickey — empowering shop owners to rescue themselves and supercharge their success!

34 years ago, I started my first automotive repair shop, Hickey Automotive, from my car port in Green Valley, AZ because I couldn’t find an honest place for my grandparents to take their car. During my ownership, I generated millions in revenue and sold everything from sneakers to tomato sauce in the beginning to generate income. It was only one bay in the middle of nowhere and when I say nowhere, cows would literally walk through my shop some days.

So, I understand first-hand the joys and heartaches of owning an auto repair business. My years of real-world experience — and many days wanting to pull my hair out — have positioned me as an industry expert, but not your typical expert. I'm an alumnus of The Automotive Training Institute, and a certified Master Coach Trainer and Executive Coach.

I started the Maximum Octane podcast to share my unique expertise, and create an honest, fun, educational, and unconventional view of our industry and the people in it.

The Auto Shop Maven and Host of Maximum Octane

About Kim

Jimmy Lea | Product Evangelist at KUKUI

These are what you will get from listening to Kim Hickey on Maximum Octane. Kim is not shy nor will she hide behind the safe questions. She will always dig deep asking great questions to get to the core of the issue/topic.

Insight, Information, and Engagement 

Barney Fein

Take it to the Max with Kim, her peddle to the metal energy and insight will spark your business success!

Go to the front of the pack

Amy Rookwood

Never would have thought a podcast by an auto repair shop would have such useful information for a life coach! Kim is open, unconventional and totally easy to listen to. Loved her background story and this non-auto-centered woman can’t wait to hear more!