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A car is almost always a depreciating asset. That means that as it ages it becomes worth less each year. Appreciating assets are more balance sheet friendly than depreciating assets. Assets that can have a lien put on there are the only ones that banks or other lending institutions will consider as valid as asset entries on a balance sheet. Things like furnishings and jewelry are not considered assets for use in getting a secured loan. Items such as the unused part of a line of credit or credit card limit are not assets on any form of balance sheet. Liabilities are what you owe. Any form of debt is a liability.
This could be cash or real estate or stocks and bonds or machinery and equipment or accounts receivable or other moneys due to you. It could also include inventory which is product that you have produced but not yet sold. So to summarize assets are usually either cash something that you have bought something that you have made and that you expect to sell or something that is owed to you. Clearly then if you want to make your balance sheet you must have a list of your assets and how much each is worth. The rub lies in the worth or valuation of the assets. "Hmm you think I bought this asset ten years ago at 10 grand I added 5 grand in improvements to it it would cost me 20 grand to replace it and I could get about 18 grand on the open market for it so what value should I put down for it?" Clever question my dear reader! Well as you may have assumed we accountants have put a great deal of thought into these issues and we continue to think about and tweak the ways we value things to this very day.
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They open them up turn to page one and there is your company laid bare open to them. And they ask you questions; "why is this line a negative number how did you arrive at the valuation of that line what are the terms of this liability." Don t you want to be able to confidently look them in the eye and answer those questions? What Makes Up a Balance Sheet Hopefully you have been exposed to some basic accounting and understand the concepts that some numbers in accounting are recorded as debits and some numbers as credits. These numbers are often represented as positive and negative numbers and the balance sheet as its name suggests must balance i.e. the negative and the positive numbers must total zero.