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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Once Wylie and his wife returned to the Chicago area to live in 2008, they "kicked the tires" at a few churches to find their religious home, to use Wylie's expression, until they happened upon the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton.
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.
Throughout the day, a broad range of industry insiders mingled at the trade show in a spacious hangar, listened to educational seminars and kicked the tires of massive viticulture equipment parked outside next to sleek private jets.
He kicked the tires and checked under the hood, but sticker shock kept him from making a big trade.
In recent years, Vivendi has kicked the tires of Kuwaiti telco Zain, Spain's pay TV service Digital Plus and France's Yellow Pages.
Their bid beat out two other finalists and numerous individuals and groups who kicked the tires, including basketball team owner bad-boy Mark Cuban, whose brief interest stirred many fans of the long-suffering team.
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.
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.
Over the past six months, CBS (Les Moonves and Jon Feltheimer are good friends), Viacom, Comcast, Verizon, NBC Univerasal and a handful of private equity firms have all kicked the tires at Lionsgate.
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