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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.
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automakers ended 2012 on a high note as Americans kicked tires and drove more new vehicles off the lots last month than they had in the past five Decembers, a sign that despite a continued slow U.
Families searched for sensible vehicles, men in suits polished and repolished gleaming cars, but most just kicked tires and circled their dream cars.
Nearly 7 million Americans--more than 40 percent of all new car buyers last year--electronically kicked tires via the Internet before finalizing a vehicle purchase.
They gawked and pointed, kicked tires and popped hoods.
WASHINGTON, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- President Clinton, five members of the Cabinet and 127 members of Congress were among 7,300 visitors who kicked tires, looked under hoods and road-tested new cars and trucks here in a two-day auto quality festival sponsored by the UAW, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.