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Depreciation Comparison Calculator
Our depreciation comparison calculator allows the comparison of straightline depreciation as well as the declining balance depreciation for the purposes of analysis.
So, in order to use this tool, you must first have the values for straightline and declining balance (percentage depreciation) of your asset. You can calculate both these values individually with our straightline depreciation calculator and percentage depreciation calculator.
Now, after determining these values, we are ready to use the depreciation comparison calculator.
Overview
Depreciation is a terminology from the accounting jargon. It is the calculation of the value of used assets during a particular timeperiod. It describes the expenditures we indirectly pay to use those assets.
Companies employ depreciation models to spread the cost of physical assets over a long period of time rather than only in the year in which the asset is bought. Scattering the depreciated cost and comparing them in different depreciation models help companies have a clear picture of their reallife earnings and profit.
Calculation
As has been mentioned above, comparison depreciation calculator requires values for your asset from straightline and declining balance model which you can calculate separately with the following formulas:
For StraightLine
\(\mathbf{Straightline Depreciation rate = \dfrac{Annual depreciation expenditures}{Asset cost} – Salvage value}\)
Note that in the straightline model, an asset depreciates in value at a uniform rate over the given period of time.
For Declining Balance
\(\mathbf{Declining Balance = (Netbook value – Residual value) * rate of depreciation (\%)}\)
It is the depreciated value of an asset given at an annual percentage.
Make sure that you know the following:
 Asset’s initial value.
 The approximated useful life of the asset.
 The time it came to use.
 The salvagevalue
Now that you have the formulas, you can calculate the straightline and declining balance to proceed for the depreciation comparison calculation.
All that you have to do now is follow the very simple steps stated below to proceed for depreciation comparison.
 Input the asset value
 Input the depreciation period.
 Enter the value of straightline depreciation for your asset.
 Input the declining balance depreciation value for your asset.
 Press ‘calculate’ and you’re good to go.
Our calculator would display the comparison for you to analyze with a very elegant userinterface.

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