Probably a good mechanic that's why you use him but for this you might be better off getting quotes from a few locksmiths.I did follow-up with my mechanic. He said he would not use and OEM key as they are hit and miss on the programming. He could get the key from Honda for $410 and charge $79 for programming. Still that is $600 for an extra key. No thanks.
I just bought a 2018 Touring, 48 K miles- awesome car. BUt only came with one key fob. Any recommendations for replacement vs going to a dealership ?
Did your Honda dealer charge you for the attempt to program the eBay fob? If not you were lucky. That is the main problem with buying fobs on eBay is that yes the reputable sellers will refund your money if the fob doesn't work but you are usually out the money spent attempting to program it.Took it to the Honda dealer and, after a few attempts, they told me that a non-numbered fob would not work.
So you bought the new fob from them on the same visit where you had them try and program the eBay fob? If so that's probably typical as I would think most dealers would not charge you double for programming on one invoice. Now if you left and came back another day then that would be a really nice dealer to not charge for programming the new fob since you had recently paid for a previous attempt on a non-dealer fob. Then again they make huge profit just on the fob alone so I suppose some dealers will decide that the total soaking was enough without charging you again for programming.No, the Honda dealer didn't charge me. Of course, given that I was going to get the correct fob from them, they carried the programming charge over to the new fob.