kick tires

kick tires

To examine or inspect a second-hand car or cars for possible purchase; to shop for used cars in general. I always loved going to used car lots with my dad while he went around kicking tires. Our old van finally broke down, so I'm heading out this weekend to kick some tires.
See also: kick, tire
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It's a venue for people not only to kick tires and look at new equipment, but to visit with old friends they might see only once a year, and to get (continuing education) credits," said Blair Moody, president of this year's conference.
I couldn't kick tires with the church," he laughed.
We even got to school 45 minutes early - can you imagine a kid today getting to school early for anything - every morning, just so we could kick tires and talk about what we were doing.
Whether or not these OEMs were there to kick tires for a future purchase or to merely keep tabs on the engineering capabilities of a competitor, the Celestica spokesperson didn't say.
VALEX enables buyers to kick tires of new Chrysler PT Cruiser
Does anybody kick tires anymore and what's that all about?
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 4, 1998--When Ed Kramer decided to purchase a new car for his daughter Mary, he didn't spend painstaking hours moving from one automotive retailer to another to test drive new models or kick tires at a used car lot.
Prospective buyers, imagining how great one of these shiny new machines would look parked in their garage, are sure to take long looks, kick tires and slide their hands over the smooth lines of the glossy body panels.