In California social services does car repair assistance for this very situation. Check it out. See what you state offers.
In most states, unless the company relocates more than 50 miles away. It is considered that employees should be able to find a way to get to the job. More so if there is mass transit of some type available. Yes, I understand they do not consider peoples schedules with any of this. One of the big issues with unemployment all around does an employee quit VS were they terminated. Most times when an employee quits they are not eligible for unemployment benefits.
When terminated there are certain situations where companies decide it is in their best interest not to fight the unemployment, they do not want a legal battle so let the terminated employee collect the unemployment. Other times they will battle it out.
I think it takes about two weeks after a hearing to get the results. Maybe you will get lucky.
The cheaper solution would be to repair your current car. Have they given you any idea as to what is failing? I would talk to your manager and let them know that you only left because the car situation prevented you from meeting your obligation to them. If they are game to bring you back I would look into repairing the car.
About the car: Most issues that prevent a car from passing inspection (I'm assuming this is like an emissions inspection) are due to bad gas caps which can be purchased for like $10 and worn out tubing that has pin holes somewhere. My brother had this issue and we fixed it with some time and about $3 worth of tube we got at a parts store. Usually the tubing is like 10 cents a foot, but it can be more. You can also have most parts stores run a diagnostic to see which system is failing to isolate it to the problem system.
See if you can car pool with someone
Sorry you’re having such trouble. For future reference, never quit! I know you felt trapped, but, Employment Security only sees that you quit. I’m praying that you can get your car repaired and find a new job.
You jumped the gun by quitting. Your first thought should have been to find someone that knows about cars and see if they could have fixed it for a much lower price than an auto mechanic shop Secondly, you could have explained your situation to your landlord to buy you some time with your rent and used the money to get your car fixed. thirdly, (as a last result) you could have taken out a loan. although, you are searching for something locally, from your experience, you knew that the chances of finding something immediately was slim. I hope you think things through before making such rash decisions. I really wish things will work out because it's a possibility that God has a better plan than you!
You may be able to draw unemployment due to the distants that you have to drive each day to get to work. Contact the unemployment office and ask questions
I feel your pain because that sucks indeed.
Ugh....I live in the same state and don't even know how to assist you with this problem. That is complete NJ BS you are facing. There really should be no reason why they would deny you unemployment but here you go...NJ at their finest. You need help and they are here to deny any help at all. This is how NJ helps their people. I am looking to leave the state just as soon as I can save enough to get the heck out of this hell hole. I only hope you got a decent person on the phone to had some sort of a heart for your situation. As I have experienced it, in NJ they don't give a crap about anything at all, but they like to tell people they do.
Emily Are you able to move closer to your job?