A car’s vehicle identification number (better known as a VIN) is an identifying code that is unique to every car that is built by a manufacturer. Your Suzuki will have one, which acts as a kind of car fingerprint, because no other car ever built will have the same VIN.
A VIN is composed of 17 characters – both numbers and capital letters – that identify particular characteristics of the car. So, for example, the first part of the VIN specifies the car’s country of origin and the manufacturer: in the case of modern Suzuki cars, this will often be JSA (Japan, Suzuki Automobiles) or TSM (Magyar Suzuki Hungary). The rest of the numbers and letters are the car’s individual identifier.
The VIN is important because it can be used to track any manufacturer recalls, when registering the vehicle, for warranty claims, in the event of theft and for insurance coverage. It will be contained on important documents such as your V5C logbook.
Car manufacturers and the vehicle registration agencies such as the DVLA have databases of these numbers, so a car can be easily and accurately identified and validated, just by inputting the VIN. It's especially important when buying a selling a used car – so if you bought your Suzuki second-hand, hopefully you will have checked the VIN with one of the companies that offer that service.
When it comes to checking your car's VIN, you will find it in various places such as near the bottom of the front windscreen, on the engine block, on the driver's or passenger's door B-pillar and quite often on the back window.