IDIOMS

kick the tyres

(Australia, New Zealand, Britain, idiomatic) Alternative form of kick the tires

Example: 2011, Harry Wilson, "Stress tests are a chance for market to kick the tyres of Europe's banks", The Telegraph, 15 July 2011:
  The tests give the market the chance to kick the tyres of some of Europe's weaker financial institutions, so you might expect the City to be enthusiastic about them.