A derogatory term used by salespeople and service providers for the educated consumer who carefully considers his or her options before deciding whether to purchase a product or service and who is not necessarily committed, at the beginning of the process, to purchasing anything at all
This tire kicker hired me to help him buy a house and just kept finding problems with every place I showed him. "This place costs twice as much as I'm willing to pay." "The roof of that place is about to cave in." What's this guy's problem?
Someone who is indecisive about purchasing a product or service, and never feels satisfied with what they are offered. In the end a tire kicker may or may not buy. The term comes from sales people at car dealerships. Tire kickers would come around frequently, kick the tires a few times on the cars that they liked, but never make a solid purchasing decision on any particular car or trim.
That tire kicker has come here every day for the last month, don't waste any time on him.
A person who acts or thinks they're interested in purchasing a car that they can most likely not afford to buy. They spend a majority of their time trying to find things wrong with the car that's for sale by complaining the car is the wrong color,(when they knew that it was that color in the first place), its an automatic instead of a stick (but if it were a stick he'd want an automatic) or its missing a few features that they really wanted, like the irrelevant windshield washers on the headlights. Tire kickers generally low ball you on the first offer, just to see how desperate you are. They generally test your will to sell it to them by their indecision. Most tire kickers are indecisive car buyers who are cheapskates at heart, that will never fix the things or faults they find wrong on the car thats for sale if they buy it.
Tommy the tire kicker was testing Johns patience with the list of things he didn't like about the car.