It's Autoshite. It's all about miserly motors! That's kind of the point.
Different strokes for different folks.
For me, this is the difference between Autoshite and Bangernomics. A grand would make no sense with the latter when someone on here will sell you a perfect car with full MOT for £62. But, if it’s unfashionable cars that were left field choices when new - then £1k is approximately 2 weeks of the average UK pay. For something that will happily trundle along indefinitely, then that seems like a good investment.
I think it might just be me though.