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How to depreciate ‘converted’ car

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Q: I just started a new business where I work from home. For business travel, I'm using a car I bought in 2001 for $32,000. Can I deduct depreciation based on the original cost? D.J., Spring Valley, N.Y.

A: No. If you convert a personal car into a car used for business travel, your basis for depreciation is the lower of these two numbers: your adjusted basis or the fair market value at the time of conversion. Since a car's value usually declines over time, your deduction will be based on its fair market value.

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