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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.
See also: kick, tire
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I expected to see a lot of big green vehicles, shining to perfection, with crowds of anoraky types discussing cylinders and head gaskets and kicking tyres.
Audi AG (Audi), a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG (Xetra: VW), is not planning to launch its A4 all road in the United States, according to a new report in Kicking Tyres.
But forget the engine for the time being - it's the transmission that has us excitedly kicking tyres.
Perhaps women are out kicking tyres on used cars and are too busy to choose a new fridge freezer.
The US giant has been in exclusive negotiations for the last twelve months with the Korean Development Bank (KDP), Daewoo Motors' largest creditor, and has spent countless man-hours kicking tyres.
They got at least as far as kicking tyres in Denver and Tucson.
They got at least as far as kicking tyres in used aircraft lots in Denver and Tucson to try them out.
They walk around touching bits and kicking tyres, just waiting for Gerry to offer them the chance to climb up into the cab and try out the sirens.
On the plus side, 70% said they checked tyres at least monthly, with half kicking tyres on a weekly basis.