Mini Cooper Key Fob Fix and Maintenance ?

Hi there, I recently bought a 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman, but the key fob doesn’t work, my questions are:

1. Can I get an used one from ebay and get it reprogrammed at a repair shop ? I called the dealer and they can’t (or don’t want to) do the reprogram for an used key, instead of buying a new one for almost $ 400. The ebay sellers claim the used ones can be reprogrammed and a lot of used ones have been sold, so I don’t know the right answer.

2. Does the Mini cooper need special maintenance care? Can I find a random repair shop do the annual service? I understand it needs specific parts and consumable items like synthetic engine oil, but besides the specific parts and oil, is it really necessary to do the maintenance at some “authorized” place which usually double the price compared with other shops.

Thank you

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