For the money, I would buy a parts kit and build yourself. You can still pick up a Romanian kit for about $200. A receiver will be about $55, and additional compliance parts might run another $75.
The market is getting crazy today because of the election and prices are getting ridiculous. Most of the new kits coming in are now required to not only have the receiver cut, but the barrel as well. So, even if you wanted to buy one now and build another one later, now is the time to buy a parts kit while the barrels are still intact.
Right now is a bad time to be shopping for an AK. Many of the choices have pretty much dried up due to import restrictions. I have a WASR 2 --5.45X39 caliber. I like this caliber because it's very cheap to shoot. I just ordered a case (2160 rounds) or ammo for about $287. I also have a Tantal--Polish with folding stock it too is 5.45 and it also works well but does look better than the WASR. I would trust either as a defense rifle if their is need. The cheap ammo makes it easy to practice without worry of cost.
One big warning with any AK from Century--try to look at it before you buy it. One reason I'm happy with both of mine is that I was able to look at several of each model before I bought and pick the one I wanted. If you order one and take what is sent you may need to send it back.
I bought an MAK-90 sportster thumbhole stock back when the Clinton It's A Crime Bill was passed for about $280 in 1994. From what I have read the Chinese AK variants are better because they have a thicker receiver. I haven't fired it yet. I have about about 2000 rounds of Wolf 7.62x39mm ammo for it. Half JHPs, half FMJ. The rifle itself is in excellent shape. It's probably tripled to quadrupled in value since the Chinese AK variants are no longer obtainable.
My AK variant list to buy before the AWB is brought back for another decade;
Another 7.62x39 with a factory folding stock probably an Arsenal.
A 5.45x39mm AK variant. It appears that they are no longer obtainable from Arsenal.
More 7.62x39mm AK 30 or 40 round AK magazines.
I have other items on my to obtain list that are not relevant to this thread.