Well, as Attorney Lively points out, you cannot deduct cost of your personal auto even if you own it outright and make all the payments. It is not a qualified residence, and there is no "cash for clunkers" credit anymore if that is what you mean.
If this is a business asset, it can be depreciated, but it must be paid for by the business or whoever owns the business if it is sole prop.
But it sounds like your friend has helped you purchase a personal auto and you are looking for some kind of tax break related to the purchase. But there really is no such thing.
You can each deduct the car for only the portion that you use it for business. This does not include commuting mileage or personal usage.
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If you bought it in 2011, there is a sales tax deduction on your federal return. If the car was bought in 2012 it will not be available unless congress extends it. The deduction is available to taxpayers that itemize. In most cases itemizers have a real property interest deduction that makes it worthwhile.
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As mentioned, it depends on what claim you are making. If it's for the Schedule A deduction, then those rules apply. If it's for the business deduction, different rules apply to different aspects of the claim.