kick the tyres

kick the tires

To inspect or test something or someone to ensure that he, she, or it meets the required or expected standard of quality. Primarily heard in US, Canada. You should always kick the tires of anything you plan to buy from someone online, or else you might end up buying a piece of junk! The boss always assigns difficult projects as a way of kicking the tires of new employees. We should hire a few interns to kick the tires on this app before we release it to the public.
See also: kick, tire

kick the ˈtyres

(British English) (American English kick the ˈtires) (especially American English) test the quality of something; see if something is suitable for you: We now spend longer kicking the tyres before investing in new companies. ▶ ˈtyrekicker (British English) (American English ˈtirekicker) noun a possible customer who asks a lot of questions about a product but never buys anything: Your sales team can waste a huge amount of time on tyrekickers.
See also: kick, tyre
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"I'm a passionate believer in big infrastructure projects, I just think it is responsible, given the anxieties that people have about the business case, for an incoming Prime Minister to kick the tyres."
"Did no one kick the tyres on what the returns would be, or consider whether they should have been writing down these assets faster?
Instead, the first by-election since the 14th general election will allow the Malay nationalist party to kick the tyres of its new political vehicle as the last bastion of the Malays and Muslims against what it is playing up as an onslaught by the ruling Pakatan Harapan.
A caveat: use of this book is limited to coders who have access to Apple computers, not being a Mac owner I was unable to kick the tyres of this book as thoroughly as I would have liked.
This cannot be a talking shop, but a panel of experts who can "kick the tyres" on proposed infrastructure projects.
"Nobody is remotely suggesting that news organisations don't have the right to question and challenge and kick the tyres. But this selective use of this so-called information is just wrong."
They used to be able to 'kick the tyres' with projects like this, but that has become less common."
Deputy Mayor of London for business and enterprise Kit Malthouse said: "I firmly believe that hydrogen fuel cell technology will eventually replace the internal combustion engine but we have to show the public the vehicles, let them kick the tyres and demonstrate that it is more than just a science fiction story.
Deputy Mayor of London for business and enterprise Kit Malthouse said: "I firmly believe that hydrogen fuel cell technology will eventually replace the internal combustion engine, but we have to show the public the vehicles, let them kick the tyres and demonstrate that it is more than just a science fiction story."
But kick the tyres, poke the evidence a bit, and not everything is quite as straightforward as that.
The BBC's business editor Robert Peston said: "This was an old-fashioned failure to kick the tyres properly when lending to hotel groups, property developers and investors."
"Armed with this guarantee we go out and kick the tyres of the loans we select" says Malschinger in suggesting that their product will be superior to big institutional versions simply because the latter will be desperate to spread risk and find mortgages to fill their quota's whilst the EBC version needs to be more selective.
We always kick the tyres before bidding, in fact we aim casual kicks at all items in the sale' it is an old agricultural custom, like using someone else's Land Rover bonnet as an improvised dining table' from bottle jacks to tractors everything must receive several cursory boots just to make sure that it actually exists and we are not about to bid on an optical illusion.
This will enable us to have a helicopter view but not before we kick the tyres, spank it out, pick the low hanging fruits and peel the onion to initiate step-changes that will allow us to touch base and get a buy-in from customers.