This cars thing is very common. The single biggest cost component of ownership is depreciation.
I own a Mercedes ML 500 which cost me 5k. Go anywhere do anything brilliant build quality, never be worth less than 2 or 3 grand because fo its utility.
I drive two miles per day to work ( or cycle), and if I go further I do so in style and comfort. I do only 8-10k miles per year, so a little more on fuel is ok.
People are brainwashed about cars just the same as they are about houses. There are plenty of superb cars for 2-6k around, and that is the true market value of the utility of a car.
As HPC lifers will know, I rent and I expect 50% off crash to begin now. I've just moved to a smaller place-with a woodburning stove and on a farm-surrounded by trees ie plenty of free fuel. Just in case....