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Hi Trena, I have some experience in this field, but I don't know what you can get hold of over there as I am from Britain, so I will tell you what I know and if you need any more info get in touch or maybe somebody on here can help you with suppliers.
Over here you can go to the smart dealers and get a touch up kit, I presume if it is white there is no clearcoat, just a primer and top coat, fill scratch with primer if it is down through paint to plastic or if it is not that deep just the top coat white, so that paint is slightly proud but not too much, now leave for a couple of days to let the paint completely dry, now here comes the scary part, but don't panic, you are going to sandpaper the paintwork, yes I know it sounds horrendous but read on.
You need to find a good car bodyshop supplier and get some wet and dry sandpaper, get some 1200 grit, 1500 grit and 2000 grit, if the paint you have put on is not too proud you won't need anything harsher, and while you are there get some good quality rubbing compound and a good wax.
Now to the practical; if the scratch is not too big just use a little bit of the 1200 grit sandpaper to start with, just cut it to about a couple of inches square, get a bucket of water with a little bit of detergent in it and soak the sandpaper in it and then wet the scratched area as well, now start sanding the scratch with the paper just using two fingers so you don't put too much pressure on it, keep the area wet by dripping more water on it with a sponge and do it until the area is getting smoother, do this with the 1500 grit and then finish off with the 2000 grit, you should now have a completely smooth surface, with no scratch showing and you should be able to run your finger over it and feel it is completely smooth, but the surface will be dull, as you have taken the shine off it, you now use the rubbing compound, apply a small amount to a very wet cloth, and rub in a swirly motion, as before keep the area well wet, with clean water,now the quality of the finish is dependent on the time you have spent on it, so don't be in a rush with any of the steps, this could take hours, once you are happy with the surface, which should now be perfect you apply the wax coat to seal the surface, I am using the new product over here, Turtle wax ice, as it is clear and leaves a nice streak free, shiny coat.
I have used the above technique on scratches and also sprayed a boot spoiler and wetsanded it to finish it and I got fantastic results, but as I said before, the results depends on the time taken.
Hope you try it as it has taken me ages as I am not very good at typing, and I hope this helps somebody else as well.
It should save you a lot of money as all the stuff is fairly cheap, to buy.
Good luck should you wish to try it.