Vanessa Hudgens endured a small personal tragedy earlier today -- she severely scratched up the front of her very expensive automobile.
It's unclear how the damage to the front passenger side of her new Audi occurred -- but the "High School Musical" star was seen waiting in a West Hollywood supermarket parking lot while a AAA employee helped her get back on the road.
Fortunately, she can probably afford the repair bill.
UPDATE: Vanessa's rep tells TMZ she only suffered a flat tire and was not involved in any sort of collision.
As for how the scratches occurred -- the rep says it's a mystery to him.