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    Comparing and Contrasting the Balance Sheet Treatment of a Car

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    Compare and contrast the balance sheet treatment of a car purchased with cash and a car purchased on credit. How is equilibrium of the basic accounting equation maintained in both instances? Clarify why the methods may be treated differently.

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    Problem: Compare and contrast the balance sheet treatment of a car purchased with cash and a car purchased on credit. How is equilibrium of the basic accounting equation maintained in both instances? Clarify why the methods may be treated differently.

    An auto purchased with cash:

    On the balance sheet, the amount of cash (bank account) would be reduced to reflect the amount paid in cash for the car. The car would be listed as an asset on the balance sheet.

    An auto purchased with credit:

    The cash account/bank account would not be affected until a ...

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    The options of purchasing an auto with cash vs. credit are contrasted in this solution. The explanation is given in 361 words.

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