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Sale of a Vehicle (Fixed Asset)


When I started in Business I purchased a van for £5500.00 and created a Purchase invoice which posted this as a DR to (0050) Motor Vehicle Fixed asset of £5500.00 and a CR to account (2100).

I have now sold the vehicle for £4250.00 which posted the as CR (4200) Sale of Assets and a DR to (2100).
To account for the loss on the sale (£1250.00) have done a Journal entry as follows.

CR to (0051)Motor Vehicle Depreciation and a DR to (8003)Vehicle depreciation.

My Motor vehicle fixed asset account is still showing the £5500.00, How do I reduce this to £0.00 as I no longer have this asset.




You need to do journal some what like this

Dr Cash/bank (for actual sale proceeds of van)
Dr Accumulated depreciation account to make it nil

Cr Van asset account to make it nil
then dr or credit asset disposal account with balancing figure


any chance you can explain this in more detail as this doesn’t make any sense


When you buy an asset it goes onto your balance sheet, then over the years you apply depreciation to gradually reduce the book value of the asset. When you sell or scrap the asset, your profit (or loss) on disposal is the difference between the net book value at the point of sale and the amount you actually received (which may be zero).

At the point of sale the asset features in two places on your balance sheet - the original asset code for the initial purchase price, and the associated depreciation code for the total accumulated depreciation of this asset since it was purchased. You need to reverse both of those amounts to remove the asset from your BS:

  • Credit the asset code for the original purchase price of the asset
  • Debit the associated balance sheet depreciation code to reverse the accumulated depreciation

Assuming the asset hasn’t been fully depreciated already, these will not be equal, so you need to debit the difference to “sale of assets” to make it balance.

Now the actual sale of the asset can be done as a normal sales invoice also posted to “sale of assets” rather than the usual “general sales”. After this, the net balance on the “sale of assets” account will be your gain or loss on that asset (depending whether the sale was for more or less than the net book value).

If it’s an overall loss then you might want to move the value to an expense code rather than having a negative value on a sales code, but that’s a minor detail for you and your accountant to sort out.