Kicking the Tires

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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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Nagy is nothing if not secretive, and sure a vet that's too good not to kick the tires on could possibly come available this weekend.
We look forward to people starting to kick the tires and will be refining the feature set over time based on the feedback we receive.
No better time to hear them out, kick the tires or poke holes than this early, in a cozy setting like this one.
We are aware of the market speculation regarding a rival bid by Apollo and we are confident that other potential buyers are waiting in the wings to kick the tires - but we do not see any possibility of an alternative bid materializing unless and until the lame duck board and the lame duck CEO relinquish their death grip on Xerox.
Kids can open presents but adults should take a good look at the toys and 'kick the tires,' so to speak, before giving them to the excited recipients.
This contrasted with my typical AME experience, which was to have an assistant rip through the vision and hearing stuff and then for the doctor to come in, kick the tires and sign the form.
So, this marks the perfect time to go "kick the tires" on some of these advanced robotic technologies that you've read about to see how they may fit into your operations.
As far as making sure plants are primed for production, there are three golden opportunities over the next year for aggregates producers to kick the tires on new iron or bolt-on new components to an existing plant.
She added, "Our membership is technology based so I think we have the perfect population to really kick the tires and pressure test new ways of making purchases."
But low prices are prompting buyers to kick the tires of something a little larger.
Go ahead, "kick the tires" and give us your feed back.
"We believe our organization provides both of these and we will be encouraging former members to rejoin and newer agents to kick the tires for a year."