Despite the fact that it doesn't have any impact on the actual performance of your car, scratched or chipped paintwork can feel like a disaster. It's not something you can fix immediately, and it can ruin the look of your vehicle, which is especially painful if you're someone who likes to take pride in their car. Luckily, paintwork damage can often be avoided, with the exception of things that are totally out of your control, like vandals with knives or keys.