Why Buy from us

1. We have friendly and knowledgeable staff to assist from Sales/Leasing to Parts/Service. Our Service staff has nearly 300 years combined experience to accurately diagnose & correct your symptoms. Our sales staff has over 280 years in experience to help guide you to the perfect vehicle. Want to know more about your Sales representative before meeting with him/her?

Go to our About Us > Staff link on the website and click on their picture for a personal BIO that will help you to get to know them.

Click on one of the people below to find out more information.

  • Tony Pelle

    Prestige has been family owned and operated since 1967 right here in Asheville. I was born and raised here in the Asheville area. I grew up hanging around the dealership, while my father Rudy was running it. At some time or other I have done every job at the dealership from cutting the grass, sweeping the floors, to cleaning the cars and working in the service & parts shop. I learned from my father that every customer is important, so I'm here everyday doing whatever it takes to make each customer feel like family. 

    When you purchase your next car from Prestige Subaru, then you become part of the Prestige Family. Come by and see what makes us the #1 Subaru Dealership in the Southeast!

  • Anthony Pelle
    Marketing Director
    828-298-9600 x1330

  • Scott Wilbanks
    General Manager
    828-298-9600 x1307

  • Robby Clark
    Sales Manager
    828-298-9600 x1313

    I've lived in Buncombe County off and on for 40 years. But I have always seen to make it back to the mountains. I'm currently living in Leicester, NC. I have been with Prestige for 7 years. Prestige is my 3rd sales job I have had. It will hopefully be my last.

    We have the best products, great co-workers, and great customers. It's easy to say that.

    My goal is to provide an easy buying experience and the highest customer satisfaction until everyone in the Asheville area drives a Subaru.

  • Bob Evans
    Sales Manager
    828-298-9600 x1322 or 336-429-9174 cell

  • Ray Ballard
    Business Manager
    828-298-9600 x1347

  • Ryan Brown
    Business Manager
    828-298-9600 x1312

  • Deborah King
    Business Manager
    828-298-9600 x1309

  • Eric Bates
    Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1304 or 828-776-5378

    My name is Eric Bates. I came to the wonderful Asheville area 5 years ago with my wife, Tiffany and our two dogs, Jaxx and Lydia. We moved from Carthage, NC, where I was born and raised. Our family has grown by two since living here in western NC. My son Murray is 3 and daughter Cora is 1.5, keeping my wife and I very busy.

    When I'm not working hard, or spending time with my beautiful children, I enjoy playing as much golf as possible. Preferably ball golf but also disc golf.

    My love for meeting new people and passion for cars has lead me here to Prestige Subaru. I'm happy to be part of a team of great people.

  • Melissa Bell
    Internet Sales Manager
    828-298-9600 x2104

    Hello, my name is Melissa " Mel " Bell,

    An Asheville native, I enjoy all that being in Asheville has to offer from the food and music scene to hiking and mountain biking. I spend my "off time" with my beautiful daughter and our fur babies, Zeus (a Lhasa Apso) and Tubby (an orange tabby), who both came into our lives and have since became family. 

    Being a long time Subaru owner myself, I am excited to join the Prestige Subaru team and help others find the perfect vehicle that fits all their needs and lifestyle! With over 20 years experience in the automotive business, I strive to put my experience to work for you. Whether this is your first time buying a vehicle or your hundredth, I believe that every customer deserves a level of customer service and professionalism that will make their next purchase a pleasant one.

    Thank you for taking a moment to get to know me a bit, I look forward to meeting you, and helping you discover why "Subaru Is Love!"

  • Darryl Blizzard
    Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1348 or 828-989-2313 cell

    Hello everyone! I'm Darryl, my wife Neina & I along with our Little Pooch (Sophie) just moved from Florida to call Asheville our home. We've been visiting family here for years and fell in love with the area.

    I'm very fortunate to be a part of Prestige Subaru as they are an outstanding Family-based group of people. It's a privilege to help you with your needs. My goal is only the highest level of customer satisfaction. I'm looking forward to meeting you.

  • Steve Bryson
    Sales Specialist/Outside Events
    828-298-9600 ext.1303

    I have lived in the Asheville area all my life. I worked as a Automotive Technician for 20 years. I also had a towing company for over 15 years and during that time, I only had to tow in three Subaru's.... so now you know why I love the product.

    I enjoy traveling, time at the Beach, Snorkeling and spending time Outdoors!

  • Buck Davis
    Business Manager/Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 ex 1311

    Buck Davis has been with the Prestige family for over 20 years. He is well known for making lasting relationships with his customers as he is easy to work with, efficient, and accessible.

    Buck is a Western North Carolina Native. He grew up in a small town in the country just a few miles away from Asheville. He has 8 siblings with plenty of great stories to tell.

    Buck is passionate about his job and his customers.

    When he is not working, he enjoys hiking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, yard work, and being with his son, Trenton.

  • Sean Fitzpatrick
    Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1356

    A native of Long Island, I moved to Asheville in 2005 along with my wife Melissa. A year later we found our home in Hendersonville as well as the first new addition to our family. An abandoned Shitzu mix we found on the side of the road during a snow storm shortly before Christmas. We named him Oliver. A few years later, a trio of feral kittens found our home. It took a long time to gain their trust, but now they are the most loving house cats. 

    I have always worked in customer care. I began working the counter at my father's deli when I was 12. As a young adult, I was fortunate to join Home Depot as they were growing. I never expected to still be with them over twenty years later. Over those years, my role changed, and customer contact was no longer my primary focus. I really missed the one on one personal care, which prompted my career change. I was most recently representing Ford, but leapt at the opportunity to join the Prestige Subaru family.

    It is truly an honor to be a representative for a company known not just for the excellence of its product, but also for its commitment to its customers.

  • Matt Gregor
    IT Director
    828-298-9600 x1331

    Although new to the Prestige workforce in April 2013, I have been a part of the Prestige family since 2006 when we bought our first Subaru. We were treated so well my wife & I came back in 2011 to buy another Subaru. Since then we have had 4 Subaru Outbacks and love them.

    My wife (Danielle) & I, 27 years together and 25 years married, moved to the Western North Carolina area in 2006 from Baltimore, Maryland. I have a background of over 27 years of Telecommunications & Networking experience.

    I have a huge soft spot for all kinds of animals.  We had two mixed breed Shepherd twins (Fred & Ethel), both passed  due to cancer. We have a Great Pyraneese & Black lab mix pup (Lucy), a Basenji mix (Joe) and 3 cats (We had 4 cats but our oldest cat was 21 years that passed). All of our pets were rescues either from being stranded on the side of the road, being found in a dumpster or given a good home from various shelters. I enjoy heavy machinery and cooking/grilling. I used to run a hydraulic band mill and create furniture starting from the standing tree after the material was air dried. I enjoy scenery & photography, most anything outdoors including taking scenic/off-road drives in my Jeep with the doors & top removed. 

    I enjoy meeting people and I treat others the way I want to be treated. I will do everything I can to help out. Prestige is very pet friendly, so stop by with your companion I would love to meet him/her.

  • Delina Hensley
    Internet Sales Manager
    828-298-9600 x1352 or 423-620-9992 cell

    Greetings and a big "Hello!" the 'Paris of the South'! My name is Delina Hensley and I want to get to know all about you and what you want out of your new Subaru.

    I've lived here in Asheville since 2007. My love of theatre brought me here, but my love of the mountains kept me here. I so enjoy a quiet hike on a beautiful day or a quiet walk by the river with my dog, Carson. I am also a performer by trade. Since I was a little girl, the stage called to me and I found I had a knack for entertaining people.

    In fact, before arriving here at Prestige Subaru, I was a performing tour guide on the LaZoom Comedy Tours. It's the big purple bus in downtown Asheville. It's always full of folk laughing and having a great time and I'm proud to say that I was a part of that for 5 years.

    With my performance and touring background, I enjoy meeting and talking with new people and I can't wait to meet you to help you find the perfect Subaru!

    Feel free to bring along any fur babies you may have. They're always welcome and I'm always ready with a treat!

  • Ember Latrella
    Technology Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1336

    Hi im Ember ! I am a outgoing person that loves to meet new people. I am easy to talk to and enjoy making new friends. I support and help out with animal adoptions and donate to brother wolf animal rescue regularly. I love doing anything outdoors and protecting our environment.

    Since Prestige Subaru supports and believes in helping out our local animal shelters, meals on wheels, local groups such as river link that help protect our environment I can say I am proud to be part of such a amazing team .

    I like to hike and fish in my spare time and enjoy spending time with my family.  I look forward to meeting you and helping you choose a vehicle that supports you in all your adventures !

  • Tonya Moneymaker
    Internet Sales Manager
    828-298-9600 x1359 or 919-308-8080

    I was born in North Carolina and have had a residence in Weaverville for 15 years. I sold Jeeps for 10 years before coming to Prestige Subaru - I also drive an Outback. Needless to say, I love SUBIE's. I also know that I chose the best dealership in the area to work with. Prestige is a family owned operation and it does have the family atmosphere. 

    When I'm not working I enjoy watching my son Greg play basketball and visiting my daughter Gabbie at NCSU. I also adore my furry family members, my cat Priscilla, and my two dogs Charlie and Lucy. 

    I look forward to meeting you and to help select the best vehicle that fits you needs.

  • Abel Quinlan
    Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1302

    My name is Abel Quinlan. I was born in San Diego California. I've
    lived here in Asheville since January 3rd of 2012. My life in San Diego
    became somewhat bland and repetitive. I ended up driving across the
    country without much of a plan other then knowing I was going to North
    Carolina. Asheville has become my home and I truly love the community

        It is an honor being apart of and working for Prestige Subaru. It
    would be my pleasure to help get you into the car of your dreams. Stop
    by and the dealership and ask for Abel.

  • Kim Richardson
    Internet Sales Specialist & Delivery
    828-298-9600 x1600 or cell 870-404-9662

    Hi there! I'm Kim Richardson. I look forward to learning about you and your vehicle needs and helping you find a vehicle you'll love. My focus is giving you an outstanding purchase and ownership experience.

    I've driven my 2005 Forester over 163,000 miles and it has comfortably and reliably delivered me through snow, ice, rain, and mud. I love my "Rooster." My four-legged friends appreciate the rear seats folded down so they have prime sniffing position from the windows. I appreciate the moon roof everyday and the heated seats on chilly occasions.

    I traveled many of those miles touring as a professional singer/ songwriter. I've released three cds and am always working on new tunes. I love getting outdoors and exploring trails & waterways. Whether on foot, two wheels, or by kayak, nothing beats getting my toes in the grass (or water) and the sky in my lungs.

    Being a Prestige Sales Consultant affords me the opportunity to be of
    service to you, helping you find the right vehicle for your needs; one
    you'll be proud to own and excited to drive. Come say hello, let's talk
    about what brings you joy, and find the vehicle that fits your life.

  • Adam Stashick
    Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1335 or 828-545-0652 cell

    Hello folks! My name is Adam Stashick. 

    I am a man of faith who has been very fortunate with incredible parents (Bob/Gail) and one amazing sister (Tara). I have the absolute best fiancé  (Mckensie) and little dog (Prada) a man could hope for.  We originally moved to Asheville about 16 years ago from Pittsburgh PA (GO STEELERS!!) due to both of my parents working for Eaton Corporation. We haven't looked back since and enjoy every bit of what Asheville has to offer. 

    Motorcycles and cars are my passion along with golf and staying in shape. I get an abundant amount of joy when helping others especially when it's putting them in a vehicle that is phenomenal in every aspect. 

    Family and friends are very important to me and I'm looking to expand our Prestige family along with making some new friends along the way. If your looking for a fun, laid back, professional experience with someone that has your best interest, please give me a call and ask for.

  • Joe Tate
    Internet Sales Director
    828-298-4867 or 828-777-2527

     I have been with Prestige Subaru since 2006 and I serve as the Internet Sales Director for Prestige Subaru. Before coming to Prestige Subaru I worked over 20 years as a Store Manager for Ingles Markets. I am grateful for all of the wonderful people I have worked with over the years with Ingles and with Prestige Subaru. I am part of a great team of  Internet Sales Specialists . They are smart, gifted, dedicated to each customer they meet and most of all they are a wonderful group of people to spend time around.The Internet Sales team takes a lot of pride in their product knowledge and giving exceptional service.

    I have a son Kyle who is a professional welder and a daughter Kaylee who is a student at Milligan College, (studying Occupational Therapy ). They bring great joy to my life and have grown to be outstanding young adults. I love dogs and have had as many as 5 at one time, ( many of them rescues).I love anything outdoors and am an avid reader. I believe the world becomes a better place when we do our best to share kind words and acts of kindness anytime that we can to others. I hope to meet you when you are in to look at a Subaru. Blessings, Joe Tate

    Click below for a personal greeting from Joe.

    Joe Tate
    Internet Sales Director
    828-298-9600 ex 1310
    828-777-2527 cell
    1-888-854-4293 ex 1310

  • Jason Wicks
    Internet Sales Manager/Digital Marketing
    828-298-4867 or 828-280-1270

    My name is Jason Wicks. I thought I would tell you a little bit about me, why I love what I do, and some of the things that make me passionate about life and Western NC. Before joining Prestige in October 2013, I worked in the newspaper industry for 15 years. My love of Subaru started in 1990 with my first car, a 1982 Subaru GL. Since that time, I have owned a total of 8 Subarus, including a 1998 Outback with over 248,000 miles. Four of these vehicles were purchased from Prestige. As you can see, the Subaru brand has been much more than a car for me, it's been a friend and part of the family.

    I am married to Lisa and we have 2 girls, Greta and Afton our sweet dog Olive (Yellow Lab) and Tucker the orange tabby cat. After growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I moved to Western NC in 1992 and fell in love with all the mountains can offer and have been here ever since. I enjoy mountain biking, trail running, camping with my family and I recently finished my 6th half-marathon.

    Thank you for learning a bit about me and I look forward to meeting you! 

  • Dereth Wilson
    Internet Sales Manager
    828-298-9600 x1333 or 205-520-3882 cell

    I fell in love with Asheville in one visit and knew right away I was home. A recent transplant from Birmingham, Alabama, I love anything that takes me outdoors, my dog, my friends and family.

    With a strong background in customer service, I strive to listen and help others with superb care. As a Subaru owner and enthusiast I am happy to assist you in your search for your next Subaru.

  • Jim Aldridge
    Express Service Advisor
    828-298-9600 x1321

  • Derrick Connors
    Express Lube Tech

  • Jessica Dillingham
    Service Concierge

  • Gus Dotsikas
    Service Advisor
    828-298-9600 x1346

  • Ike Kearney

  • Jack Kisner
    Fixed Operations Director
    828-298-9600 x1314

  • Jerry Hagan
    Service Manager
    828-298-9600 ext.1318

  • Tearesa Cartrett
    Service Coordinator
    828-298-9600 ext. 1343

  • Bobi Gaertner
    Title Clerk
    828-298-9600 ext. 1315

  • Kim Harper

  • Allison Hartz
    Service Coordinator
    828-298-9600 x1349

  • Amanda Metz
    Service Advisor
    828-298-9600 x1334

  • Ryan Mills
    Parts Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1325

  • Brent Hancock
    Parts Manager
    828-298-9600 x1324

  • Mike Kolenbrander
    Parts Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1326

  • Rebekah Mann
    Service Advisor
    828-298-9600 x1320

  • Gillian Murray
    Service Advisor
    828-298-9600 x1350

  • Robert Austin II
    Senior Master Technician

  • Scott Beam
    Master Technician

  • Bubba Brady
    Automotive Technician

  • Scott Christie
    Service Advisor
    828-298-9600 x1319

  • Bill DeFouw
    Automotive Technician

  • Dominic Deprospero

  • Brandyn Edwards
    Express Service Tech

  • Matt Holt
    Express Service Tech

  • Jerry Ingle
    Automotive Technician

  • Sam Jay

  • Brad Julitz

  • David Peck

  • Gary Tackett
    Express Service Tech

  • Matt Taylor
    Express Service Tech


2. When you buy from us you are helping your local community. We are VERY active supporting our local community from donations & sponsoring events, to even hosting events here at the Prestige Adventure Center. A few of the causes we help are Asheville Humane Society/Network, Asheville Wine & Food Festival, Smokey Mountain Relay, Veterans helping Veterans, Run/Walk for Autism, American Cancer Society, Taste of Compassion, Colorado Relief Fund Raiser, Dog Day Afternoon, Put for Mutts, Bele Chere, the list just keeps on going. 

3. We believe in customer service and no one lets us know better than our clients!  Our staff has received many personal compliments, including many hand-written thank you letters after their experience here.

4. Prestige Subaru has consecutively been the #1 Subaru Dealer in the South East,  thanks to great customers & great staff. We have received numerous awards. Many of our staff received multiple Sales, Service and accomplishment awards too.  


5.  Peace of Mind knowing that when you come to Prestige we will be here for support long after the sale. Prestige Subaru has been family owned & operated since 1967 right here in Asheville. You can find the owner, Tony Pelle, at the dealership here everyday. We have generations of follow-on clients coming here time & time again for their vehicle needs. We are also VERY pet friendly, many of our clients bring their furry companions that enjoy a lot of attention from our staff.

6. Amenities to ensure you are at ease & comfortable while you wait. We supply free grind-per-cup coffee, locally sourced from Dynamite Roasting Company in Black Mountain, hot chocolate, and lattes. We offer free Wi-Fi. We provide complimentary local shuttle service with a new fleet of complimentary loaners when you are having major service completed. We have re-vamped the customer waiting areas, Sales offices, showroom & service advisor space in our new showroom building. Including a quiet lounge space separated from distractions for customers to conduct business while they wait. Including enclosed service advisor spaces that provide a more comfortable & private experience for our clients.


7. We are engaged in Social Media. We offer up-to-date news, specials, events and contests with free giveaways. Some examples are from Whitewater rafting/Zipline tickets to Baseball Game & theater/show tickets. We also send out a monthly eNewsletter with a selected customer of the month, Sales & Service employee of the month, even a selected Pet of the Month. Check out our  Facebook page, ' Like us' , to join the family.


8. Massive inventory and selection ON THE LOT & READY FOR DELIVERY to choose from. If we don't have exactly what you are looking for on the lot, if its available, we will go to all lengths possible to get it. Rest assured having a huge inventory means you will find what you are looking for.

9. Enjoy a different experience going thru the Prestige Adventure Center showroom/facility. This location is where our Internet Sales Department is housed as well as additional service bays. The Adventure Center showroom is quite different from your normal dealership showcasing the latest outdoor gear all sourced from local manufacturers. On display in this large showroom you will find outdoor gear from Liquid Logic, Sylvan Sports, Watershed, Outrider USA, and items/brochures/information on countless more. So stop by, sit back, relax enjoying a locally sourced coffee or hot coco on us while you peruse the gear.


10. At Prestige we look for long term relationships, we don't want to just get you "in and out". The staff,  here at Prestige, have many of the same interests as our customers...  Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, a love for animals, Woodworking, the list goes on.  While buying a car or getting your car serviced; connect with our staff. Something that sets us apart, and keeps clients coming back, is the people that work here and the lengths they will go through to ensure their customers are satisfied.

11. At Prestige we not only treat your personal information with the utmost confidentiality but we also go to extra lengths to ensure it's securely destroyed once it's no longer needed.


12. We listen to our customers! IN PROGRESS: We are expanding our operations to provide additional levels of service with expanding service bays, detail operations as well as storage. This will provide a better customer experience for parking & navigating our facility.


Last but not least:

Want to know why Prestige is the #1 Subaru Dealer in the SouthEast? - Watch the video for the answer.


Prestige Subaru is a great place to work!
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