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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This can involve attending tradeshows to kick tires and talk farming with company reps.
Just as car shoppers kick tires, job seekers closely inspect companies -- conducting online research, reading reviews and asking friends for their opinions.
When you pick a few models and head for the dealer to kick tires, don't hesitate to ask for a demo drive.
"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.
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.