While your point is well taken, the fact is if you own and can properly maintain a Ferrari, you certainly have the means to fix any damage done to it.
But there is karma in this world and the vandal will get his/hers.
The fact of the matter is, in my opinion, that whether or not you own a Ferrari, Porsche, Maserati or any car for that matter, the reason these vandals damage our property is simple... pure and utter jelousy that you have something they don't and can't have and they think " why should he have a Ferarri when I can't " ssccrraaatttcchhh!
It is interesting what you have said about other drives reactions. I have driven two Aston Martin DB7's from new since 1996 as my main car on a daily basis. I have never had an adverse reaction to the car and n most cases people just let me out into the traffic. I presume that it must be a brand thing and not just the the Ferrari is expensive.
BTW the V12 DB7 is costly to maintain, around £10k per year including tyres based on 18k miles.
I don't think many Ferrari owners would ever consider leaving a large scratch alone, but it might be the thing to do. I have an idea for all UK Ferrari owners: you should protest your foul treatment by defacing your own car. This doesn't mean you should randomly ding, scratch and mar the exterior. Find an artist who can thoughtfully destroy your paint. Desire a little pop subversion??? Scratch something like "Can You Afford This?" or "Free The Chrome Horses!"
I'm 18 and drive a golf. but my dream car is a 550 maranello, in black with Crema Hide Piped Black with Black Stitching. I know that its the most beautifull car that I will ever see. and if I had 60k spare I know where I would spend it. sheer beauty and I have fallen in love with her.
I am 45 and also have recently bought a used 550. I mainly get it out on weekends and try to avoid slow downtown driving with it.
I get a lot of idiots trying to challenge me with their (normal) cars by tailgating and doing all sorts of dumb things like overtaking real close and stuff like that, I guess to catch "the Ferrari's" attention. It's a pity though, because before owning it, you'd never think that people would react so aggressively. Yet it is a car enthusiast's ambition. But when the traffic allows, and it's time to step on it, it really flies away from the dumb crowd... even on the original exhausts