Definition of kick the tires in English:

kick the tires


informal mainly North American
  • Inform oneself about the quality of a product, service, etc. before buying.

    • ‘borrowers should be sure to kick the tires on that offer before signing up’
    • ‘they kicked the tires but decided not to buy the property’


    From the idea of assessing the condition of the tires on a used car being offered for sale by kicking them lightly.