Free on-line credit reports can be useful when you don't qualify for any more free reports and you are strapped for cash and cannot afford to pay the fee required to get reports from the main credit bureaus.
They will at least give you some idea of what your credit score is and that can get you started on the road to recovery.
Make sure that you read all the terms from the sites that are offering these reports as some of them use the free offer to get your contact details and then try to sign you up for other services that they are offering for a fee.
Be aware of this as many are professional marketers and even though they know that the people they are targeting are already having financial problems they will still try to get as much money as possible for their business.
This is not to say that they are all like this, but there are enough of them to make this warning necessary.
Many of them will offer condensed reports that aren't really suitable and once again there are a lot of these on-line services that are only giving you this information to get you on their databases.
There are some genuinely good on-line services that will offer free credit reports and comprehensive information to help people in need.
The best bet is to start by contacting the website www.annualcreditreport.com or ringing the number 877 -322 - 8228 to see whether you still have the opportunity to get a free copy in the current year.
What is most important is getting the information and taking action as soon as possible to start the repair process. If you have to pay it will be money well spent as it can save you a considerable amount in a very short time.
The more comprehensive the information, the easier it will be for you to see where you have gone wrong and that will allow you to focus on those areas to turn your fortunes around.
Always get copies of both your credit report and your credit score. You really need both to help understand each other.