Silver Earl of the Realm
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if you go a bit earlier, pre 1995. in NJ you dont need to ever get your car inspected. just roll with whatever you got.I did the cheap old car thing for a long time but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it if you can't do your own wrenching because things are just going to need replacing regularly. Many small little problems that need attention before they become expensive problems. In any case, get something with an enthousiast following because it guarantees parts supply will keep going and it will have active forums where you can find solutions to common problems. There's also many cars where one engine variant is nothing but trouble and another lasts forever, helps to read up on that stuff.
I wouldn't go further back than late 90s/early 2000s though, those cars can be had for pennies now and have way more safety designed into them than anything from the 70s. Also much better gas mileage. Fuel injection tech was mature and didn't have all the expensive headaches associated with newer turbocharged direct injection systems.