Coya insurance review – my experience as a customer
What a difference a few years can make! Some time ago, if you had asked me for a recommendation for a convenient, all digital, 100% English speaking insurance provider, I’d have probably replied with a blank stare.
At first glance, it seems like Coya combines the right benefits, when the traditional providers on the German market don’t cater so well to our needs. I thought as much and became their customer sometime ago. This Coya insurance review aims at giving you a first-hand report of their services in order for you to make a decision.
Should you trust Coya? How is customer service? Is coverage adequate? Let’s find out.
Quick reminder – Coya you said?
Coya was born in 2016 out of frustration. Germany is notoriously afraid of innovation and everything related to being digital. This impacts insurance companies as well. They have struggled to provide an easy way to do insurance, fit for the 21st century.
This is Coya’s promess: Away with long phone calls, complicated terms & confusing representatives! Everything happens paperless, within a few taps/clicks right in the app. Be protected within minutes & cancel anytime. All of that at great price.
If you are used to the level of easiness that N26 or Revolut brought to the banking world, Coya tries to do the same with insurance. Everything is handled in English, including customer service & contracts.
Coya review: what’s different about it
No claim bonus for charity
If you have been incident-free during the past year, Coya gives you the opportunity to donate your no-claim bonus to a charity. You can also keep it. It’s up to you.
Signup in minutes, cancel anytime
In this Coya review, I can honestly say I never experienced such an easy sign-up process. The experience is indeed very easy, much like ordering something on an ecommerce website. A lot of the usual complexity is cleverly resolved thanks to good UI & clear explanations.
Many of us have experienced this in Germany. It seems like we are forever tied into contracts that we don’t really want anymore. In the insurance world, that’s sometimes 3 year contracts! For foreigners like us, it’s soothing to know we can just cancel anytime, no question asked. That’s also done within a few clicks and it’s not hidden in the deepest sub menus. There are no attempts to make you stay. Cancellation is as frictionless as sign-up.
Each policy clearly states in simple English what is covered and what is not. It also further states any cover restrictions. It’s not hidden within an obscure “Terms & conditions” 45 pages document. It’s stated on the same page where you sign-up
Different policies available
As of the writing of this post, Coya offers the following insurance policies
- Private liability insurance: It covers you against physical or material damages you may have done to a third-party by accident. You can cover partners & kids too. You can subscribe to extras to cover rental vehicles.
- Dog liability insurance: Liability insurance for your dog, in case they do damage on other people or their belongings. You subscribe to extras to cover damages made to rented goods, or against bites.
- Home contents insurance: It protects your belongings at home against theft or damages. You can book extras to cover glass damages, bike theft & more.
- Pet health insurance: covers costs related to the vet.
- Bike insurance: covers your bike against theft, including accessories on the bike. You can book extras to cover damages too.
- E-bike insurance: Same, but for ebikes.
My experience with Coya
I live in Neukölln, Berlin. Theft is a common occurence here. In the years I’ve been living here, I’ve had a bike trailer, garden furniture, a bike & a jacket stolen out of my backyard. Neighbors have had their bikes or their strollers stolen too.
When both my kids started to go the Kita, we treated ourselves with a long-tail electric bike, so we can easily drop them and pick them up again. That was the best decision we made. It improved our quality of life a lot. We love that bike every time we ride it. Totally worth the investment.
As you can imagine, we were pretty nervous about having it stolen. That’s when I decided to purchase insurance against theft with Coya.
I was very pleased with the sign-up process. I had some questions before-hand that were answer swiftly via email or chat. You can check in the gallery below screenshots of the process. It really felt they made it easy and I was super happy about the price.
Some months after, I bought myself another (cheaper) ebike because we loved the first one so much we wanted to go for longer rides in Brandenburg. I also purchased a policy for that bike. Unfortunately, I decided to sell it again after a few months because it didn’t match my expectations.
I was very surprised how little resistance there was in the cancellation process. No long notice periods, no hidden confirmation button, no call-backs from customer service. Just click, and stop paying for what you don’t need. Very refreshing for insurance in Germany! You can see screenshots of that below too.
I was also able to donate my no-claim bonus, as promessed:
I was not able to go through a claim process so far. If you want to know more about that, read on. It gets… interesting.
What do other customers say?
Scanning around reviews on other platforms paints a more complete picture of where Coya stands as a company.
Coya reviews on Trustpilot
There are not a lot of reviews, which can be normal for a relatively young company. The most recent reviews are all about very long processing times for claims, which can sometimes account to months! Many customers accuse Coya to do this on purpose. However, if you go back in time, you realize that most reviews were very positive until early 2021. It went downhill from there on.
I suspect Coya is victim of its success. It has attracted a lot of customers in a short amount of time. They currently struggle to cope with demand and scaling their claim processing team.
Coya reviews on Google
Checking reviews on Google also paints the same picture. Super positive reviews until early 2021, then negative reviews mentioning unresponsive customer service and difficult to resolve claims.
Coya review conclusion
Coya is an insurance company for the digital age with a strong ambition & a glorious mission. As a foreigner here, one can only praise their attempt at shaking up the industry. They do deliver an excellent transparent service, with friendly assistance and all in English.
However, ambition is not all. Execution is also key. It seems like Coya has been growing too big, too fast. Their customer service has not been scaling as fast as the customer base. This does a disservice to their reputation. I sincerely hope their manage to solve their issues fast. They deserve as much.
Coya Review FAQ
Yes, Coya is a legitimate insurance provider in Germany, licensed by the BaFin, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority.
You can sign-up for private liability, home contents, pet health & bike insurance with Coya.