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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We kicked the tires of most major travel wholesalers and selected Dynamic Leisure Corporation as our travel solutions partner because, in our opinion, they have the most advanced travel technology in the marketplace today," said Ken Smith, President of Veterans Helping Veterans.
Nobody with clout told your marketing department that its wish lists were impractical, nobody regularly walked around and kicked the tires on projects to see if programmers were meeting quality and performance standards, nobody important in the company ever became an advocate for innovation and future technology.
Social network website Facebook, Chinese computer maker Lenovo and investment firm Cerberus backed by two BlackBerry founders and chip maker Qualcomm reportedly kicked the tires, but no deals were reached by Monday's deadline.
Our insider said Little Rock's Baptist Health was in a line of would-be buyers who have assessed the SRMC properties and generally kicked the tires without committing to a deal.
Crain Automotive kicked the tires at Chenal Parkway Buick GMC at 12501 Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock.
We looked at all the commercially available systems on the market and kicked the tires on all of them, but only one was found to be acceptable" stated Mr.