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to cut a long story short, my 156 has been sorn now for about 3 years. its now time for me either sell for spares or repairs or scrap.

in the last 3 years the one and only key i had for it has gone missing. oh dear!

any ideas?

im normally pretty good in these kind of scenarios but im stumped, as the key i lost was a replacement. So there isnt a chip available to recode a new blank key.

Any help greatly appreciated.
 

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You don't make Alfa keys like that, the only way to get a new key is direct from Alfa themselves but be prepared to spend around £350 and you'll have to get the car to the garage as well!
 
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If you're going to scrap it anyway, break a window, roll it out, put a really big lever across the steering wheel and yank it round with all your might to break the steering lock. Then get a scrapper to come and get it.

If you are going to strip for parts. Same process, but cover it with tarpaulins until all the bits you are going to remove are off.

If you intend to get a new key, you may be better off buying insurance for it, then leaving it 6 months, then calling the insurer and saying you have list your keys.

Alternatively, do the same with a banks key recovery service.
 

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As for key insurance ,how does that work? Do they not require some information about the keys you want insured ? Which you can't get if you dont have the keys in the first place .I honestly have no idea though, just thinking out loud.

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As for key insurance ,how does that work? Do they not require some information about the keys you want insured ? Which you can't get if you dont have the keys in the first place .I honestly have no idea though, just thinking out loud.

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I had key insurance some years back, so this isn't current.

I was sent a key ring fob thing made of metal with a membership number and phone number in it. I didn't have to fill in any paperwork, or provide key details.
If memory serves, the deal was that I would have called a helpline, a lock smith would have been dispatched to sort new keys for the things I said I had on the ring. That would be it.
 

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You can generally get a complete replacement set of keys/code Box/ECU for £100 or so, but if you are intending to scrap the car it probably isn't worth spending that. Breaking off the ignition lock isn't particularly easy, but the column assembly is only held on with two shear-head bolts which can often be freed with a sharp punch or chisel, then unscrewed.
 
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After 3 years it'd need soooo much work its not worth bothering. Just get rid. Call a breaker, let it be their problem.
 

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depending where you are maybe call a couple specialists? you might get a fair offer from someone like autolusso?
I've just called a couple and one said people are giving him cars!!! :eek: But also was nice enough to spend a while telling me how to fix her and maybe still turn a profit.

Autolusso offered me a rather good price compared to the local scrappys... I'd make a lot more selling the parts but I just don't have the time :(
Autolusso also spent a good deal of time giving advice on how to get it up and running and will provide the ECU and keys for about £160.

short version, Autolusso and Alfa Aid are very friendly and give free advice on the phone, time is money folks, I was very impressed with how both garages spoke to me so freely and told me how to get my car running again!:thumbs:

both guys also gave me advice on my 159 unhappyness!
 

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:wow: Stop it - I only have one key and this is my nightmare! :wow:

Hope you get it sorted, that is a terrible situation.
 
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