what company make a good cheap ak, $550 max.
jerrys sporting goods i dont have a web site but try googling them my buddy has bought like 5 of these from them now different types but nonetheless fine weapons all were less than 500 dollars if you cant find them let me know ill get you a web address
cheaper than dirt only has a krinkov ak parts kit that requires either a homebuilt receiver or one from somewhere else i know because myself and a bunch of friends are building our own receivers they are legal but you can never sell the gun or you build two and send one to the BATF and they stamp a number in 1 and keep the other the one with the number you get back but then they know what you have
for ak parts and kits try www.akparts.com,www.surplusrifle.com,and or google ak parts
I wouldnt suggest a kit gun because of the reason you listed above. I dont reccomend romanian either. look into a bulgarian, they are good quality and I got mine for $600
my bad i meant yugoslavian