Kicking the Tires

Kicking the Tires

Informal; initial research done on a potential investment. Kicking the tires may involve a cursory look at the investment's fundamentals and possibly a request for more information from a reliable source. Kicking the tires implies that there is no commitment on the part of the investor. See also: Indication of interest.
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There's already speculation that Sinclair Broadcast Group is kicking the tires at Chicago's iconic Tribune Media .
It was a decision made in a team environment, with a lot of the people kicking the tires.
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It should come as no surprise that producers and networks -- including CNN CEO Jeff Zucker, Leno's one-time boss -- would be kicking the tires regarding Leno's future plans.
We will incubate the cases, basically kicking the tires of the company's accounting," Woodcock says.
we re seeing chains from south of the border kicking the tires here, including Five Guys Burger and Fries, Buffalo Wild Wings and P.
They're not just kicking the tires," she said, citing knowledge of three or four major deals in the works involving "household name" retailers of bridal wear, footwear and lady's and men's apparel.
So if you're in the process of upgrading your fleet or just kicking the tires, we're sure that this issue should give you the data you need to make the decision that's best for your operation.
Global investors are telling us that they want investment vehicles that meet the strictest international regulatory standards, as well as fund managers who are visiting companies and asking the difficult questions -- really kicking the tires," he added.
Unfortunately for all involved in the purchase, the moment Canadian sailors took possession and began kicking the tires, the tires fell off.
Sliding sentiment for [EHRs] is likely explained by the fact that doctors aren't just kicking the tires anymore," said athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush in a statement.
A bunch of companies are kicking the tires for flagship stores because the market is at a unique place -- a year and a half ago, rents were a lot higher than they are now.