Die debt free or miss out on heaven. Considering some of the teachings in Bible about debt, that might not be too far from the truth.
I owe my soul to the Company Store."
I'm suspicious about Chrysler in particular being able to pay even the ice man, but maybe the Fiat resources have something to do with it.
My brother-in-law has sold new and used cars for years, and told me about trade-ins. Even a junk one can be handled in such a way on paper so as to make it a substantial part of the deal ... They call it "funny money".
Maybe the gov't got a good deal; maybe it got a '58 Multipla in trade.