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How to build a vehicle rental booking system in Bubble.io: Step-by-Step Guide

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How to build a vehicle rental booking system in Bubble.io?

Step 1: Define your database structure
Start by setting up a database that will hold the information related to your vehicle rental booking system. In Bubble, this involves creating custom data types and fields.

  • Data Type: Vehicle

  • Fields:

    • Make (text)
    • Model (text)
    • Year (date)
    • Available (yes/no)
    • Price per Day (number)
    • Images (list of images)
    • Description (text)
    • Current Bookings (list of Bookings)
  • Data Type: Booking

  • Fields:

- Vehicle (Vehicle)
- Customer (User)
- Start Date (date)
- End Date (date)
- Total Price (number)
- Status (text, with options like 'Confirmed', 'Pending', or 'Cancelled')
  • Data Type: User (default)
  • Additional Fields on top of default ones:
    • Phone Number (text)
    • Driving License Number (text)
    • Booking History (list of Bookings)

Each vehicle listing will have details such as make, model, and price per day. Every booking will reference the Vehicle and the Customer who has booked it.

Step 2: Create user interface elements
Create pages and elements in Bubble that will allow users to interact with your system.

  • Home Page
    Include a search functionality where users can search for vehicles by make, model, or availability dates.

  • Vehicle Page
    Create a detailed page for each vehicle where users can view more about the car and proceed to book it.

  • Booking Page

This is where the user can choose their rental dates and see the total price before proceeding to checkout.

  • User Dashboard
    A section where registered users can view their booking history and manage their bookings.

Step 3: Set up the logic for vehicle availability
Use Bubble's workflows to handle the logic that checks vehicle availability. Make sure the system only allows booking when the vehicle is not already booked for the chosen dates.

Step 4: Implement the booking process
Create a series of workflows that handle the booking process:

  • Booking Workflow
  • Check the vehicle's availability for the selected dates.
  • Calculate the total price based on the number of days and the vehicle's daily rate.
  • Allow the user to input their payment information and process the payment.
  • Update the booking status to 'Confirmed' once the payment is successful.

Step 5: Manage user authentication
Use Bubble's built-in user authentication system to:

  • Allow new users to register.
  • Handle user logins.
  • Maintain secure user sessions.

Step 6: Notifications and reminders
Set up automated notifications for:

  • Booking confirmations.
  • Upcoming rental information.
  • Reminders to return the vehicle.

Step 7: Deployment and testing
Before launching your booking system, thoroughly test all the workflows and the user interface for bugs and usability issues. Once everything is functioning correctly, deploy your app live on Bubble for users to access.

Remember that building an app in Bubble involves iterative cycles of designing, developing, and testing to ensure a smooth user experience. Use Bubble's rich community forums and resources when you need guidance or troubleshooting.

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