The definition of “if you can’t beat them, join them” tells us that if you cannot outdo your competition join them as working together may benefit you. In the fall of 1953 Walla Walla, Washington, new car dealers Harold Jackson and Bill Teague did just that when the pair opened the Walla Walla Used Car Center at the intersection of East Rose Street and North Coville Street.
It is not known what automaker Jackson represented at the time, although Teague was a Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealer who began his auto sales career during the thirties in Oregon. Later on, in the early-1960s Jackson handled the Lincoln Mercury franchise and also marketed the Rambler. Until 2015, Ford of Walla Walla, the replacement of the Teague Motor Co. operated the used car and truck sales lot at this location.
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