If you're visiting Australia from overseas, you've probably been told by many people the best way to see our beautiful country is by car. And this advice is spot on – when you get behind the wheel you have the freedom to drive stunning coastal roads, visit remote local townships and see a different side to our capital cities.

So the only question remains: To buy a used car and sell it on again or to rent a car?

The first option may seem attractive and straight-forward. Simply purchase a cheap model and use it until you no longer need it. However, as the old saying goes "there's no such thing as a free lunch". Buying a car is not without its fair share of paperwork and responsibility and may very well be more trouble than it's worth.

For example, have you considered what type of car insurance you need? Or the up-front cost of purchasing a used car? Or what happens if you do not get your money back when you sell it on once more?  It's important to thoroughly research your options before deciding to take on ownership – after all, you're here for a holiday, not to wade through paperwork!

There's also the risk of getting taken for a ride (and not a good one). According to a study by the website CarHistory.com.au, one in four used cars sold tend to end up costing the buyer more than they'd bargained for. The researchers, which investigated the worst places to buy a used car in Australia, found some horror stories along their way.

"We're not talking a small scratch," Head of CarHistory.com.au David Scognamiglio said in a statement.

"These vehicles have been written off, had the odometer rolled back, reported as stolen, listed as a repairable write off, have money owing, or been flooded or storm damaged."

As someone who is considering coming to the country for a relaxing holiday, is this a risk you want to encounter? Why not try the stress-free experience of hiring a car instead?

Here are three reasons why car hire in Sydney and other capital cities is a better way to start your holiday than buying a used vehicle.

Peace of mind

When you hire a car from East Coast Car Rentals you can rest assured we will help you with all the paperwork and find you the best deal to suit your needs. We also offer car insurance and other essentials, saving you the hassle of having to source this yourself.

By dealing with a qualified car hire professional, you'll enjoy peace of mind that the car you rent is reliable and road safe.

Excellent rates

Buying a used car may look like a cheaper solution at the outset, but car rental prices are actually incredibly affordable. At East Coast Car Rentals we pride ourselves on offering the very best rates, helping you to enjoy a wonderful holiday on a budget. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.

Freedom and flexibility

Last but not least, hiring a car gives you the freedom and flexibility to plan your holiday just as you'd like it. Want a car for three days but then don't need one for another week? Not a problem – you can hire vehicles both short term and long term.

This flexibility means you won't have to worry about parking or negotiating traffic when in busy cities, but it will also provide you with the freedom to pick up a car and head to the country when you feel like a dose of fresh air. The best of both worlds!