Screencap from Hagerty's CarMatch Facebook app
Screencap from Hagerty's Facebook app
Like Chinese drywall or that fifth Jello shot, Facebook apps often seem like a good idea at the time, but turn out to be a pain in the neck. Yesterday, we stumbled across an exception to that rule, and today, it looks as if we've found another in classic car insurer Hagerty and its CarMatch app.
The app is designed to divine which classic car best fits your personality. The premise is pretty simple, and if you've ever taken a quiz to determine which Sex and the City character or NFL team you are, you already know the drill. Users visit Hagerty's Facebook page to sign up for the app, thereby allowing it to access their personal info and -- depending on how they've set Facebook's new privacy controls, possibly that of friends -- and the start answering questions.
The Hagerty app starts off pretty simply, with questions that don't seem to have much to do with cars at all: what kind of food do you prefer, what do you like to do in your leisure time, which movie would you like to watch, and so on. The questionnaire rounds off with a few questions about your preference in cars -- do you want something rare and hard to find parts for, or something easy to maintain, that kind of thing. A couple more clicks, enter your ZIP code and email addy (you can drop in a fake one if you like), and poof, you're matched with a classic ride. Not only that, but you're also given info about buying that ride -- and insuring it through Hagerty, of course.
Sometimes, these quizzes feel a little rigged, so we took it a few times, and by changing our answers slightly, we got very different results. We're not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but at the very least, it's an interesting way to waste some time on a Friday afternoon.