The Century build has a somewhat rougher looking receiver, but overall it feels and handles exactly like any other VZ58. They are built from Czech parts kits with US receivers and barrels. They have plenty of them in shops here to look at and handle. They do not have a chrome-lined barrel, but neither does my Yugo SKS. They do have a bayonet mount and threaded barrel though, which allows you to change muzzle devices. They also have a steel trigger and not a plastic one. The safety lever on the Century faces 9 o'clock to fire, which seems more ergonomic than the military-correct Czechpoint which faces away from the shooter at 3 o'clock.
My WASR 10/63 AKM is a Century build and it is fine. Since this is the CZ forum, expect mostly a severe loyalty to Czechpoint products. If Czechpoint cannot import the new VZ58 with a short barrel, as is soon coming to Canada, it is likely my next VZ58 will be a Century because they are much more affordable. Czechpoint has great service but you can return a VZ58 to Century too. I think it's worth the chance to buy a Century gun because they are not reporting the earlier problems they had with their receivers. They have learned to build a reliable product.
Sure, you can still buy one with major problems. My Czechpoint had problems out of the box too, but they fixed it right. I just shipped it back to them the same as I would have my gun shop return a faulty rifle to Century. My Czechpoint had a $1000 price tag in the box before the hundreds I could spend on aftermarket upgrades. The money I could save on a Century VZ58 would more than pay for the upgrades with cash to spare. For those of you with unlimited cash to spend, live large. The rest of us mortals can't afford to be gun snobs.
In the end, it’s up to you to take the chance. We can compare Chevys and Fords next. Both made millions of cars that were great and a few that even exploded, like the Pinto. Century had a bad name from their earlier builds and some of them are still out there. But the rifles I see them building now are much better, except their Tantals, which they can’t get rid of. Century is arguably the biggest importer of Com bloc rifles ever in the US. It is unfortunate that they have a bad rep from some products and service. You can search the internet for hours and find many more favorable reviews of the VZ2000 recently than bad experiences by actual owners, especially recently. Unless you knew exactly what to look for, a Century and CZ VZ58 would look and feel identical in your hands at a glance. Blindfolded, you could only tell them apart by the direction of the safety, if you knew to test it. It is reasonable to assume they would both shoot similar groups with the same length barrel and milled receivers.